This blog will follow the research of the Maryland State Archives Military History Research Internship team as they attempt to uncover the identities of the soldiers who made up the Maryland 400 in the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War. These men are remembered for covering General George Washington’s retreat after the Continental Army was defeated by the British in the battle. While they left behind a strong legacy, little is known about the identities of the men. Our goal is to find out who they were.
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Recent posts: Finding the Maryland 400
Exciting Project News!
I am very happy to share the news that we have recently completed the last of our biographies. They are all now complete!
The Maryland Line and The Creation of the Society of the Cincinnati
As the Revolutionary War drew to a close, Continental Army officers and their French allies wanted an effective way to preserve the values they had fought for and the intense camaraderie that they had developed throughout the war. Major General Henry Knox proposed an organization which would do exactly that in May of 1783: the […]
What’s In a Name: Military Ranks
Military terminology can be confusing. Finding the Maryland 400 has previously worked on a glossary of military units to help readers better understand the differences between companies, regiments, and battalions. Today’s post will cover a glossary of important military ranks, describing each position’s duties as explained mainly by Baron Friedrich von Steuben. Steuben, inspector general […]
Revisiting the Capture and Escape of the McMillan Brothers
Samuel and William McMillan, two brothers who enlisted in the First Maryland Regiment, fought in the Battle of Brooklyn, where Hessian soldiers captured them and decimated their company. Taken to Halifax, the two brothers were part of a group that made a daring escape, desperate to return familiar territory. Although Finding the Maryland 400 has previously discussed their […]
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I can tell you the name of another man who served Maryland during this battle; his name was Captain Edward Edgerly. He survived the fighting in New York and went on to fight in the southern theatre, all the way into South Carolina in 1781.
A good resource for you may be the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, as they keep many records of our distant patriots.
Thank you for your input. We have an Edward Edgerly on our list as being a non-commissioned officer in Capt. Peter Adams’ company at the time of the battle. I have not researched Adams’ company yet, but I will keep this comment in mind when I do. Also thank you for the source suggestion; we have not looked into the DAR/SAR records but will certainly give it a try.