Although officially an "Unknown Soldier", this is generally believed to be the burial site of one Private John Alexander, murdered by a fellow soldier, Private William Comfit. The site is believed to be the encampment site of a troop of American soldiers on their way from Buffalo to Sackett's Harbor. The troop is thought to have bedded down for the night one pay day at this location and some of the party were alleged to have become a little over-served during the night. Alexander and Comfit were apparently much the worse for wear the next morning, and were left behind by their group to recover. A local farm worker reported hearing a gunshot sometime after, and after investigating, found the dead body of Private Alexander, apparently robbed and with a shotgun wound to the head. The commanding officer confirmed that two of his officers, Alexander and Comfit, were missing. Comfit was picked up later the same day with almost twice the regulation amount of pay on him and was held to be Alexander's murderer. He was tried and hanged for the crime, while Alexander was buried where he fell.
The story appears to be backed up by a handful of newspaper articles which have been written over the last 200 years, although there is no official contemporary record or account.
War of 1812 Unknown Soldier Gravesite
New York, USA
Created by: Mount Hope NY
Record added: Mar 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13526615