First Honors
Origins of the Purple Heart

Sgt. Elijah Churchill, 2nd Cont. Dragoons

In the Fall of 1781, Sgt. Churchill led a raid against Fort Slongo, NY, and sucessfully destroyed artillery and munitions. For this act of singular leadership Churchill was presented with a heart shaped purple badge embroidered with the word "merit".  Only three of these original awards have a record of being given.  On February 22, 1932, the bicentennial of George Washington's birth, the Badge of Military Merit was redesigned and re-issued as the Purple Heart, as we know it today.

See more at:  https://www.infantry.army.mil/museum/off_site_tour/case136.htm for the battle,

and http://www.2dragoon.org/ for the story of the unit.

$75 Paper                     Image Size 19 x 31
$700 Canvas                     Image Size 24 x 36
$8000 Original Framed      Image Size 36 x 39
Call 1/800-731-0060
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