Revolutionary War Battle



Battle Summary
Name:Battle of Fort SlongoTotal Forces:100140
Location:Fort Salonga, New YorkWounded:1
Duration (days):1Captured:21
Victory:ColonialTotal Ships:
Col./Ally Cmdr.:Benjamin TallmadgeShips 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.