Revolutionary War Battle



Battle Summary
Details Stats Colonists/Allies British/Allies
Name: Battle of Fort Slongo Total Forces: 100 140
Date(s): 10/03/1781 Killed:
Location: Fort Salonga, New York Wounded: 1
Duration (days): 1 Captured: 21
Victory: Colonial Total Ships:
Col./Ally Cmdr.: Benjamin Tallmadge Ships Lost:
Brit./Ally Cmdr.: Ships Captured:


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, middle 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.