COL Alexander Scammell

COL Alexander Scammell

Milford, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 6 Oct 1781 (aged 34)
Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 22099773 · View Source
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A CENOPATH MEMORIAL on Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Alexander Scammell
Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
Name: Alexander Scammell
Event Type: Christening
Event Date: 22 Mar 1747
Event Place: Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America
Event Place (Original): Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Dr. Samuel Scammell, FAG #83206240.
Mother's Name: Jane
Harvard Class of 1769
Died of wound received at Yorktown VA September 30, 1781
Reportedly buried among the Revolutionary War Graves located in the garden of the Governor's Palace (See Find a Grave # 51790804).

Alexander Scammell, Adjutant-General of the American armies, and the Colonel of the First Regiment of New Hampshire, while he commanded a chosen corps of Light Infantry at the successful siege of Yorktown, in Virginia, was in gallant performance of his duty as field officer of the day, unfortunately captured, and afterwards insidiously wounded of which wound he expired at Williamsburgh, October 1781 Anno Ætatis.

What though no friend could ward thine early fall,Nor guardian angels turn the treacherous ball;Bless'd shade, be soothed! Thy virtues all are known--
Thy fame shall last beyond this mouldering stone, Which conquering armies, from their toils return, Read to thy glory while thy fate they mourn.

The inscription was written by Scammell's friend, Col. David Humphreys of Rhode Island.


Teacher, Soldier, Patriot. He taught the public school on this site. Colonel and Adjutant General in the Continental Army. Mortally wounded at Yorktown.

Gravesite Details This memorial dedicated by the General Society Sons of the Revolution June 19, 1923


In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees


  • Maintained by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
  • Originally Created by: The Guardian
  • Added: 11 Oct 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22099773
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for COL Alexander Scammell (Mar 1747–6 Oct 1781), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22099773, citing Burial Hill, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Mayflower Pilgrim 332 (contributor 47081711) .