Battle of Fort Slongo

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The Battle of Fort Slongo (also spelled Salonga) was fought on October 3, 1781 between American Continental Army forces, under the command of Benjamin Tallmadge, and the British defenders of Fort Salonga, in the American Revolutionary War. The fort was located near the border of present-day Huntington Township and Smithtown, New York, overlooking Long Island Sound.

The only American wounded in the battle was Sgt. Elijah Churchill who would personally be awarded a Badge of Military Merit by George Washington making him the first person to receive a Purple Heart.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "The Badge of Military Merit: Purple Heart of the American Revolution". Connecticut Sons of the American Revolution. Archived from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2011.