Stephen Moylan

Stephen Moylan (1737 – April 11, 1811) was an Irish American patriot leader during the American Revolutionary War. He had several positions in the Continental Army including Muster-Master General, Secretary and Aide to General George Washington, 2nd Quartermaster General, Commander of The Fourth Continental Light Dragoons and Commander of the Cavalry of the Continental Army.

In January 1776, he wrote a letter using the term "United States of America", the earliest known use of that phrase.[1]

Early life

Stephen Moylan was born to a prominent Catholic family in Cork, Ireland. His family sent him to be educated in Paris. Moylan then worked in Lisbon for three years in the family shipping firm. He settled in Philadelphia in 1768 to organize his own shipping firm. He was one of the organizers of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, an Irish-American fraternal organization, and served as its first president.[2]


Moylan joined the American Continental Army in 1775 and was appointed Muster-Master General on August 11, 1775. His experience in the shipping industry afforded the United States a well qualified ship outfitter, who would help fit out the first ships of the Continental Navy. On March 5, 1776, he became secretary to General George Washington. He was promoted to Colonel and was appointed Quartermaster General in the American Continental Army on June 5, 1776, succeeding Thomas Mifflin.[2] He resigned from this office on September 28, 1776. However, he continued to serve as a volunteer of General Washington's staff through December 1776.

Moylan was appointed to command the 4th Continental Light Dragoons, also known as Moylan's Horse, on January 3, 1777, at Philadelphia. The regiment would be noted for taking the field in captured British Red Coats. However, they would see action in green coats at the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, and the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777, and end the year by protecting the Cantonment at Valley Forge. Col. Moylan succeeded General Pulaski as Commander of the Cavalry in March 1778. Moylan's Horse would see action at the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778.

In the campaign of 1779 Col. Moylan and the 4th Dragoons would be stationed at Pound Ridge, New York, and see action when the British raided Norwalk, Connecticut, on July 11, 1779. Col. Moylan and the 4th Dragoons took part in the Battle of Springfield, New Jersey, on June 23, 1780, and General Anthony Wayne's expedition at Bull's Ferry, New Jersey, on July 20, 1780. Col. Moylan commanded his Dragoons at the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781, after which he was to take the cavalry to the Southern Campaign. However, his failing health caused him to leave the field and return to Philadelphia, where he constantly appealed to the Continental Congress to man, equip and maintain the Continental Dragoon Regiments.

He was rewarded for his service by being breveted to brigadier general on November 3, 1783.

Later life and family

Moylan was married to Miss Mary Ricketts Van Horne on September 12, 1778, and had two daughters, Elizabeth Catherine, and Maria. His two sons died as children. Stephen Moylan died in Philadelphia, April 11, 1811, and is buried there in St. Mary's Churchyard.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Who Coined the Phrase 'United States of America'? You May Never Guess". New York Historical Society.
  2. ^ a b c "Colonel Stephen Moylan", US Army Quartermaster Foundation

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2005 Cork Senior Hurling Championship

The 2005 Cork Senior Hurling Championship was the 117th staging of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment by the Cork County Board in 1887. The draw for the 2005 fixtures took place at the Cork Convention on 12 December 2004. The championship began on 27 May 2005 ended on 16 October 2005.

Na Piarsaigh were the defending champions, however, they were defeated by University College Cork at the quarter-final stage.On 16 October 2005, Newtownshandrum won the championship following a 0-15 to 0-09 defeat of Cloyne in the final. This was their third championship title overall and their first in two championship seasons.

Cloyne's Paudie O'Sullivan was the championship's top scorer with 3-19.

2013 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final

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The replay has been described by some as one of the greatest finals of all time.The game between Cork and Clare was an all Munster All-Ireland for the second time ever, the first having been in 1997 between Clare and Tipperary.The drawn final was shown live in Ireland on RTÉ Two as part of The Sunday Game live programme, presented by Michael Lyster from Croke Park, with studio analysis from Cyril Farrell, Liam Sheedy, and Eddie Brennan and pre-match comments from Tomás Mulcahy and Ger Loughnane. Match commentary was provided by Ger Canning with analysis by Michael Duignan. The replay was shown live in Ireland on RTÉ Two as part of The Saturday Game live programme, presented by Michael Lyster from Croke Park, with studio analysis from Cyril Farrell, Liam Sheedy, and Eddie Brennan. Match commentary was provided by Ger Canning with analysis by Michael Duignan.

The drawn match was preceded by the Galway against Waterford minor hurling final which started at 1.15pm and was won by Waterford, their first minor title in 65 years.A peak Irish television audience of 1.3 million people watched RTÉ's coverage of the drawn final with an average audience of 885,000 viewers, a 64% share of the available television audience.

2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final

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Limerick beat fourteen-man Cork by 0-24 to 0-15 to secure the Munster crown for the first time since 1996. The Munster final failed to produce a goal for the first time since 1978. Cork's Patrick Horgan was sent-off in first half injury time for striking Limerick wing-back Paudie O'Brien on the helmet under a high ball.

Limerick took advantage and went on to compile a comfortable victory. The final whistle was greeted by scenes of remarkable euphoria at the Limerick city venue as a seventeen-year wait for Munster glory finally came to an end. The Munster Cup was lifted by captain Donal O'Grady.

2015 Waterford Crystal Cup

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The Waterford Crystal Cup is a hurling competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association for the inter-county teams and third-level institutes and universities in the province of Munster in Ireland.

The competition began on 10 January 2015 and ended on 31 January 2014.

Tipperary were the defending champions.Limerick won their second Waterford Crystal Cup after a 3-20 to 1-16 win against Cork in the final in Mallow.

4th Continental Light Dragoons

The 4th Continental Light Dragoons also known as Moylan's Horse was raised on January 5, 1777, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for service with the Continental Army under Colonel Stephen Moylan. The regiment entered the history books by taking the field in captured British scarlet coats as noted in a letter from General George Washington to Colonel Moylan dated May 12, 1777, in which Moylan was directed to have his uniforms dyed to avoid confusion with British dragoons. The regiment changed to green coats faced in red during the summer of 1778, with Tarleton helmets (black leather helmets in the style associated with Banastre Tarleton).

The regiment saw action at the Battle of Brandywine and the Battle of Germantown in their scarlet uniforms, and the Battle of Guilford Court House and the Siege of Yorktown in their more familiar green coats. The regiment was furloughed June 11, 1783, at Philadelphia and disbanded on November 15, 1783.

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Organised by the Cork County Board, admission to the match is free, however, those attending the game are asked to make a donation to volunteer collectors on the day, with all proceeds going to the Irish Alzheimer’s Society. The fixture was first played in 2013.

The current holders are Cork who defeated University College Cork by 1-24 to 1-23 in the 2019 match.

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