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Elisha Everit

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Courtesy of Taylor Blades of the Finding the Maryland 400 project (

Elisha Everit enlisted into the Continental Army’s First Maryland Regiment on March 11, 1776 and was a private within Captain Patrick Sim’s Second Company at the time of the Battle of Brooklyn (otherwise known as the Battle of Long Island) on August 27, 1776. Although the battle was a defeat for the Americans, the defense provided by Everit and the other soldiers of the “Maryland 400” held off the British long enough to allow much of the trapped American army to escape. Everit was one of the lucky soldiers who survived that day, his company losing fewer than ten men. [1]

On December 10, 1776, when most of his fellow soldiers from the original First Maryland Regiment reenlisted, Everit was in a hospital unfit for service in Philadelphia for his first of many hospital visits. After being discharged in late 1776, Everit did not reenlist and instead went back to Maryland where he lived as a citizen for the next two years. [2]

In late February or early March 1778, Everit was charged with horse stealing and was briefly held as a prisoner in Montgomery County Jail. Instead of being prosecuted, he was offered a deal: if he was to join the Continental Army once again, all charges would be dismissed by the state. Everit agreed, reenlisting on March 12, 1778. [3]

Despite agreeing to serve once again, Everit did not see many of the prominent battles firsthand. Although he traveled alongside his company, he was often sick and in hospitals along the way from August 1778 to February 1779. It is unknown what he was sick with, as the hospital records list Everit as convalescent, or recovering. His service did not last long after his last hospital visit, as he was discharged from the army on April 18, 1779. [4]

Everit stayed in Maryland after the war, as he was paid ten pounds by the Western Shore Treasurer in June of 1782. There is no further record of Everit in Maryland past this date. Once home, the costs of Everit’s frequent hospital visits were not paid by the Continental Army, so it is possible he could not afford proper medical care (or spent a majority of his assets on trying to receive such). This would leave him with no property or assets that would be on record. [5]


[1] Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 18, p. 8.

[2] List of Sick Soldiers in Philadelphia, December, 1776, Pennsylvania Archives, vol. 1, p. 532.

[3] Journal and Correspondence of the Council of the State of Maryland, Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 16, p. 529; Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War. NARA M881. From

[4] Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 18, p. 106; Everit was discharged after being exchanged for a fellow soldier named Jefferson.

[5] Journal and Correspondence of the Council of Maryland, 1781-1784, Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 48, p. 182.


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