#Onthisday in 1798, USRC Scammel was launched in Portsmouth, NH.
The Scammel (a misspelling of Scammmell) was a schooner built for the Revenue Cutter Service. It was to serve in the Quasi-War with France. After completion she was transferred to the U.S. Navy and served in the West Indies naval squadron commanded by Commodore John Barry. She assisted the sloop USS Portsmouth in the capture of the French ship Hussar.
The USRC Scammel was named for Alexander Scammell who played a role in the American Victory at Saratoga. The USRC Scammel is an example of an effort to honor those who died or were wounded in service to their country and the causes for which they made their sacrifices. Scammell commanded the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment at Saratoga, and distinguished himself bravely in the battles of Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights, and was possibly wounded in the latter battle (In letters to his brother he did not indicate being wounded and that bullets had passed through his clothing and hit the breech of his weapon). Scammell lost his life in the Battlle of Yorktown. His actions are part of a legacy that has contributed to the shared American identity and an evolving sense of patriotism.
Saratoga has been defined by the people who by choice or by chance participated in the Battles. It is the determination of our forefathers, including Alexander Scammell in surmounting overwhelming odds that help define the American spirit – the will and ability to shape a better future. It is the people it is that define this community by choice or by chance have changed this country and even the world political development. That is why studying the people of Saratoga is helpful in the understanding of the condition of being human.