Alexander Scammell orderly book, 1780.
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Revolutionary soldier, adjutant general of the Continental Army 1778-1781. Captured by the British at Yorktown and died sixteen days later. From the description of ALS : Northern Camp, to Dr. Samuel Scammell, Mendon, Mass., 1777 Sept. 21. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122617088 Alexander Scammell (1747-1781), son of a prominent doctor, grew up in Mendon, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard in 1769. He studied law in the office of John Sullivan i...
In response to the expansion of the Continental Army the number of staff was increased and reorganized in 1776. Changes included the creation of a new unit to supplement George Washington's personal staff. This special unit, the Commander in Chief's Guard, was formed on March 12, 1776 with Captain Caleb Gibbs (formerly adjutant of the 14th Continental Regiment and appointed Aid to Major General Greene) as commander. The unit protected Washington, the army's cash, and official papers. ...