Re-established in 1978 as a nonprofit educational organization, a re-established military unit and historical organization, the present day Sheldon's Horse is dedicated to giving the public a glimpse of cavalry life during the American Revolution. In portraying this facet of the 18th Century, the unit sets a high standard of authenticity in uniforms and equipment, drill and maneuvers of that time period while performing many modern day services and ceremonies for federal, state, local, military agencies.
The present Sheldon's Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons, is currently led by Sal Tarantino. We are a family oriented organization. We encourage new recruits to join us in serving our America Heritage and to serve as either mounted or dismounted troopers. See our requirements under our Enlistment section. Family members are encouraged to take an active part in the cavalry camp life. If you would rather participate than observe, have a sense of history and a sense of tradition, and are dedicated to our American culture then Sheldon's Horse, Second Continental Light Dragoons could be the service unit for you.
Sheldon's Horse is a re-established military and historical organization and has been recognized and operates in accordance with:
Sheldon's Horse received official recognition from the 106th United States Congress as the modern continuation of the original 2nd Continental Light Dragoons.
Under Title 3, chapter 31, Section 3-10d, Governor's Powers of the General Statutes of Connecticut, Sheldon's Horse is granted status as a reactivated "in service" military unit and representative of the State of Connecticut.
The regiment is recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in a similar manner as the State of Connecticut.
The regiment has been also recognized by the State of Rhode Island as a “guest unit” in a similar manner as the State of Connecticut.
In addition, The Second Continental Light Dragoons works with a number of living history associations, military units and reenactment groups. Some of the ones we work with most frequently can be found here.
Whether it's bringing educational programs to the public schools, supporting civic events or participating in the occasional reenactments, Sheldon's strives to impart to the public an understanding of the sacrifices made by past Americans and the conditions under which they lived. We hope to give a sense of history and pride of country to children and adults alike.