Captain Abraham Markoe was a rum runner and a devout Patriot. In 1774 he established the
1st volunteer militia in what would become the United States of America. He presented the troop with a regimental flag, his family flag 'The Markoe Standard', which was the 1st flag to ride into battle with the Patriots of the American Revolutionary War.
This troop, The Philadelphia Light Horse, served as the personal body guard for General George Washington. As the Patriots fought and faced harsh conditions during the war, Washington knew one of his most important tasks as General would be lifting the spirits of his soldiers. "What better way to do it than with a fine spirit!" suggested Captain Markoe, whose family was known for the quality rum they produced and sailed up from the Caribbean. Thus General Washington determined every soldier would receive a ration of Markoe Rum, which was said to be "Loyal to the Last Drop!"
The Philadelphia Light Horse would go on to fight in the battles of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine and Germantown. When supplies were scarce for the winter at Valley Forge, General Washington requested more rum and it was Captain Markoe who famously delivered rum for the soldiers which instantly boosted their morale! Washington and Markoe became good friends and once joked that the rum was so good it inspired a revolution! For it was this rum that General Washington and his fellow officers sipped while planning the turning point in the Revolutionary War.
Markoe was a prominent shipowner and tradesman of his day who made tremendous contributions to his country. In honor of Captain Markoe and his fellow Patriots, we donate a portion of our profits to American military families & Veteran charities. Markoe Rum was there for Patriots in the beginning and is here for Patriots today!