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Adjutant William Campbell

 
 
Adjutant William Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 6, 2010
1. Adjutant William Campbell Marker
Inscription.
Adjutant William Campbell
Fell During The British Invasion Of
New Haven
July 5, 1779
Blessed Are The Merciful

 
Location. 41° 17.593′ N, 72° 57.79′ W. Marker is in West Haven, Connecticut, in New Haven County. Marker is on Prudden Street 0.1 miles north of Boston Post Road (U.S. 1), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Haven CT 06516, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Allingtown World War I Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); VFW Post 1684 Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Defenders' Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Soldiers' Memorial (approx. one mile away); Knight Hospital Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); George Trevor (approx. 1.2 miles away); Robert Gardner Anderson Award (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Haven.
 
Regarding Adjutant William Campbell. On July 5, 1779 the British invaded New Haven Harbor and came ashore in West Haven and East Haven. The main commercial street, Campbell Avenue, is named for British Adjutant William Campbell, at the time an Ensign in the Third
Adjutant William Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 6, 2010
2. Adjutant William Campbell Marker
Guards, who rescued the Reverend Noah Williston, the local Congregational minister and outspoken revolutionary, from being bayoneted by British and Jager troopers, after he broke his leg trying to escape his captors. Campbell then ordered the soldiers to help the minster back to the parsonage and had the regimental surgeon set his leg. Campbell is also credited with keeping the troops in reasonably good order during their march through the village and reportedly had two soldiers arrested after a local woman accused them of stealing her jewelry. Campbell was killed hours later a top Allingtown Hill on his way to New Haven by a local farmer-turned defender. Campbell is buried in the Allingtown section of town off of Prudden Street. An historical headstone marks Campbell's approximate gravesite and is maintained by the West Haven Historical Society.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
A Sign Marks the Site image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 6, 2010
3. A Sign Marks the Site
Burial Site of British Adjutant
William
Campbell
July 5, 1779
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,309 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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