MSA SC 3520-18213
Thomas Colvert enlisted as a private in Maryland's Fourth Independent Company on January 28, 1776 under Captain James Hindman. Hindman’s company originally played a role in the Maryland Council of Safety's plan to protect the Chesapeake Bay from potential British invasions. At first stationed at Oxford in Talbot County, Hindman's company travelled to New York to reinforce the Continental Army in preparation for a British invasion. The Fourth Independent Company arrived in New York by mid-August 1776. 
On the morning of August 27, 1776, American forces faced British troops at the Battle of Brooklyn (otherwise known as the Battle of Long Island). While several companies engaged the British Army on the Gowanus Road and the nearby Gowanus Creek, taking severe losses in the process, the Fourth Independent Company suffered only three casualties. Hindman defended his actions during the battle to the Council of Safety, arguing that rumors referring to the Fourth Independent Company’s “very ill” behavior were unfounded. Hindman instead declared that “the company [he] had the honor to command...behaved themselves as well as in the service, notwithstanding the dark insinuations...thrown out to their prejudice.” 
The Fourth Independent Company later fought at the Battle of White Plains in October 1776. Colvert survived the Battle of White Plains, despite heavy American losses. One Hessian volley alone wounded and killed ninety-two soldiers during the battle, and forty soldiers of the Maryland Line were killed, captured, or wounded in total. Despite a string of defeats in 1776, American victories at Trenton and Princeton revitalized the morale of the Continental Army and the Marylanders who served in the Fourth Independent Company. Colvert enlistment ended in the winter of 1776 and 1777. 
Thomas Colvert returned to military service on March 20, 1778 when he enlisted as a private in Captain John Eccleston's company in the Second Maryland Regiment for three years. Unfortunately, no further records of Colvert's whereabouts exist after this point. It is unknown if he served for three years or if he left the army early. 
-James Schmitt, Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution Research Fellow, 2019
 Muster Rolls and Other Records of Service of Maryland Troops in the American Revolution, Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 18, p. 24; Mark Andrew Tacyn, “‘To the End:’ The First Maryland Regiment and the American Revolution” (PhD diss., University of Maryland College Park, 1999), pp. 33-34, 44-45.
 Tacyn, pp. 52-67; Journal and Correspondence of the Maryland Council of Safety, July 7, 1776 to December 31, 1776, Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 12, pp. 345-346.
 Tacyn, pp. 120-126; David Hackett Fischer, Washington’s Crossing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 111.
 Thomas Colvert to State, 20 March 1778, Maryland State Papers, Revolutionary Papers, MdHR 19970-16-30 [MSA S997-16-2092, 1/7/3/14]; Archives of Maryland Online, vol. 18, p. 293.
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