Captain Samuel Sackett
|Father||Rev Samuel Sackett (1711/12-1784)|
|Mother||Hannah Hazard (c 1712-after 1777)|
Samuel Sackett served in the American Revolutionary War. He was appointed a First Lieutenant of the New York line on 28 June 1775 and assigned to duty with the 4th Regiment. He participated in the taking of Montreal and was promoted to Captain for gallantry. Samuel was severely wounded in action at Quebec. He was nursed by nuns for several months before removing to Albany and then to Crompond, but he never regained his health and died withiin a few years. He was unmarried.1
The orderly books of the Fourth New York Regiment show that Captain Samuel Sackett served as a member of several courts martial: at a brigade court martial held in camp on 9 November 1778 he was one of ten members; he sat again on 17 February 1780 as an officer of the Second Maryland Brigade.3
A diarist in the regiment noted that on "Wednesday 14th [July 1779] Capt Sacket went to the Country to recover his Health."3
After Samuel's death, the following regimental orders were issued.3
Capt Smith is Desird to Inquire Whether Capt Sacket has Left any Effects in the Regt and to take a nivatary of the same the to hous Compnies"
Regimental Orders April 23rd 1780
those officers Who have accounts aganst Capt Sacket Decesed are to Delever the Same to Capt Smith Likewise those Soldiers of his Company Who may have Money Due to them from Said Capt are to Exhebet there accounts to the Pay Master Who is to Lay them Before the Colo for Inspction.
Capn Saml Sacket
who Depd this Life April 15
In the 31st Year of his Age
Thy Victory we Deplore, insatiate Death
Which in the bloom of Youth deprives of Breath
The brave the wife the beautiful so gay
And from the Parent tears the Child away
154. Capt. Samuel Sackett, 1749–1780, of Westchester County, N. Y., son of (32) Rev. Samuel and Hannah Hazard Sackett, died unmarried, after a lingering illness resulting from wounds received and disease contracted in the service of his country. Shortly after attaining his majority he accompanied a party of adventurous young men of Westchester County and Long Island, to the West Indies, and there engaged in business. A letter dated March 3, 1774, written by his cousin Amy, wife of Capt. Richard Lawrence, to his sister Hannah, wife of Stephen De Lancey, mentions having heard from him through a friend just arrived from Santicroix, who told of his being located there in good health and doing a lucrative business.
But previous to the breaking out of the Revolution he returned to Westchester County. And the official army records of the period show that he was one of the first young men of that vicinity to openly espouse the cause of American liberty and to take up arms in its defence. On June 28, 1775, the New York Provisional Congress, of which his brother Nathaniel was a active member, issued a warrant constituting him a First Lieutenant of the New York Line. He was immediately thereafter assigned to duty with the 4th Regiment and accompanied the expedition ordered to Canada, where, serving under the brave and experienced soldier, General Richard Montgomery, he participated in the taking of the Fortress of St. John, in the capture of Fort Chamley and in the investment of Montreal, which resulted in its capitulation on Nov. 13, 1775: two days after which General Montgomery issued a special order promoting him to the rank of Captain for conspicuous gallantry in action, and honor, so far as shown by records, conferred on no other American officer during that campaign.
At Quebec, where General Montgomery was killed, Capt. Sackett was so severely wounded that for several months he was obliged to remain in Canada, where he was devotedly nursed and tenderly cared for by the nuns of the Ursuline Convent. His subsequent return by way of the rough military roads through the intervening wilderness to Albany, in his weakened condition, was a painful and tedious journey, which still further undermined his constitution. He, however, anticipated a speedy recovery and insisted on remaining in the service. And on the reorganization of the New York Line in 1776, his irregular promotion by General Montgomery was duly recognized and he was commissioned accordingly with rank from date of the General's order and assigned to recruiting service. In a letter dated "Albany, 27 September, 1777," written to his sister, Mrs. De Lancey, who appears to be his special favorite, he says:
Capt. Sackett never regained his health sufficiently to permit his again taking the field. Over two years after date of foregoing letter he writes to the same sister saying:
I hope Mr. Baldwin's business will permit him to come with you before the sleighing is gone. To see him and you would give me more life, for really I suffer much as to my health by having nothing to amuse or divert the attention from the gloominess of my situation. The two or three books which you lent I have almost got by heart, they are quite worn out. I would write Mr. Baldwin but am not able. It will give me great pleasure to receive a letter from him. I have an errand I want you to attend to, which is, to ask if he could not either now or toward spring exchange the continental horse I have and let me have a better one. I sent him to Fishkill this fall but was a little too late, and at that time there were none so good as the one I have. I think Mr. Baldwin, as the horses are chiefly in his hands before they come to Fishkill, could supply me better than I could be supplied there . . . . I shall expect an answer by the bearer and hope it will not be long before I see you. You must come by the way of Fishkill and then you will have good roads. The other way may not be good this winter and that one is not so much further when you are traveling with a good sleigh and horses. But I am tired tho' I have rested several times. My best respects to your husband. May you live long and happily together, is my sincere wish of
Your truly affectionate brother
Crompond 19 Jan. '80
P.S.—When I wrote the above I expected the man to go the next day but he was detained. I then thought I was recovering from one of my fits, but it is quite the reverse. I am very very sick—Adieu.
Capt. Sackett had no need of exchanging his Continental horse for a better one. The above was probably his last letter. He lingered, growing daily weaker and weaker, until Apr. 15 following, when death ended his service and his sufferings.
Notes & Citations
- Charles Weygant, The Sacketts of America, "154. Samuel Sackett, 3rd, b. July 10, 1749, d. Apr. 15, 1780, unmarried."
- Find a Grave.
- Orderly books of the Fourth New York Regiment, 1778–1780, the Second New York Regiment, 1780–1783 (Albany: The University of the State of New York, 1932).
|Appears in||Sacketts in the Military|
|Sackett line||4th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet|
|Charts||Line 3a (American)|
|Last Edited||30 Nov 2019|