First Honors: Orirgins of the Purple Heart

Pastel Original 36"x39" Framed Price-$8,000

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.

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