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    Stephen Moylan Manuscript Document Signed "Stephen Moylan/Col.," one page, 14.25" x 9", Philadelphia, April 10, 1777, headed "A Return of the first Regiment of Light Dragoons Commanded by/Stephen Moylan Esqr." The troops of four captains, Charles Craig, Thomas Dorsey, Moore Fauntleroy, and David Hopkins are listed on a chart with the numbers, for each troop of field, staff, commissioned, and non-commissioned officers, number of horses, and number of officers and horses needed. Some interesting facts from this chart: All 91 soldiers in the four troops are "Present/fit for duty." Capt. Hopkins, with only one lieutenant and 7 "Rank & File" is in need of 2 sergeants, 2 corporals, 1 trumpeter, 27 privates, and 34 horses. Out of a total of 115 horses, only 11 are "unfit," Further research reveals that Capt. Craig was wounded at Brandywine on September 11, 1777 and did not return to the service. Capt. Dorsey departed the service due to mutiny within the year. Capt. Fauntleroy was taken prisoner at the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777. Capt. Hopkins had been a volunteer with Benedict Arnold's Quebec expedition in 1775 and in 1780 was promoted to major of the 1st Continental Dragoons. Stephen Moylan (1734-1811) was one of Gen. Washington's aides-de-camp from March to June, 1776, when Congress named him Commissary General of the Continental Army. In October 1776, Moylan raised this troop of Light Dragoons, the First Pennsylvania regiment of Cavalry, of which he was Colonel and signed this document in 1777. With these troops, Moylan served at Valley Forge, through the dismal winter of 1777-1778, at the Battle of Germantown, with Gen. Anthony Wayne in Pennsylvania, and with General Greene in his southern campaign. For his bravery, Moylan was brevetted Brigadier General in 1782. Soiled and spotted mostly in left and right areas, with soiling at top, not affecting legibility. Very good.

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