Happy birthday major Benjamin Tallmadge! Tallmadge was born February 25, 1754 in the Calvinist-Whig community of Setauket, Long Island, New York. He was the second oldest of five sons. He graduated from Yale College in 1773, having befriended Nathan Hale while a student there. Caught up in the rising anti-British agitation, he enlisted as a lieutenant in a six-month Connecticut militia regiment early in 1776. Benjamin was not the only Tallmadge to join the Revolutionary cause. One brother, Samuel, served as a lieutenant with New York regiments throughout the entire conflict. Tallmadge’s oldest brother, William, (for some reason Turn reverses the two brothers) was captured at the Battle of Long Island, and confined to a British prison hulk from whose fetid hold he did not emerge alive. For Tallmadge the war was both ideological and personal.