First Honors: Orirgins of the Purple Heart
Pastel Original 36"x39"
Qoro Paper Print 20"x21"
Ltd. Edition of 50 . Price-$325
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.