Richard F. Welch received is doctorate in history from Stony Brook University, and currently teaches American history at Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, New York. He has worked as editor of a Long Island history magazine, a researcher for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antquities, and an exhibition curator. Additionally, he is a trustee of the Suffolk County Historical Society. Welch has authored many articles and reviews as well as four books including The Boy General. The Life and Careers of Francis Channing Barlow, and the just published General Washington's Commando. Benjamin Tallmadge in the Revolutionary War.