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Ensign William Pitt Gassaway
Posted by: Patrick Riley (ID *****9259) Date: April 13, 2005 at 17:00:58
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To Gassaways,

I am an archaeologist fighting a futile and doomed effort in Western Pennsylvania so this is for your genealogical records. I was once a young man and apparently very naieve. I found an archaeological site in Baden, Pa. where American soldiers are buried. I thought after a career of over 20 years in the military and all the flag-waving we are raised with that people would care about soldier's graves but such is not the case. I am now older, defeated, less naieve and more cynical. I hope this is helpful to some Gassaway out there someday when this site and the military graves are but a memory.

The site is called Legion Ville. It was a military fortification and Headquarters of the US Army from 1792-1793. The army was commanded by Major General Anthony Wayne. William Pitt Gassaway, son of Dinah Battee Gassaway and brother of Henry Gassaway was shot and killed by Lt. Daniel St. Thomas Jenifer on 22 March 1793. He is buried in an unmarked grave with seventeen other US service personnel on the site which will soon become a used car dealership. Correspondence from Henry Knox to Wayne dated War Department April 20, 1793 mentions a letter of enquiry from Captain (Henry) Gassaway of the Late Maryland Line on the death of his brother.

Captain Jacob Slough would write, "He retained his senses till the last moment, and though he must have suffered the most excruciating pain, he bore it all like a soldier, without complaining. His remains were handsomely interred; since then, a neat fence has been put around his grave."

PR



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