21 May 2016 near Jamestown, VA
report by Virginia SAR President Ed Truslow
On Armed Forces Day Saturday May 21st, an Unknown Patriot Revolutionary War soldier was laid to rest at the Church on the Main near Jamestown. He was killed on July 6,1781 at the Battle of Green Spring. His remains were discovered in 1978 by archaeologists from the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology on the nearby Harris Plantation where the most intense action occurred. The soldier was hurriedly buried where he fell, in a shallow pit, clothed in his waistcoat and breeches, but lacking a coffin. Based upon analysis by the Smithsonian Institution in 2015, he was a white male between 23 and 28 years old and was probably one of the number of Pennsylvanians who died in the battle. His remains were finally returned by the Smithsonian to be properly buried near where he fell.
The interment project and associated ceremony was sponsored by the James City County Historical Commission with several members of VASSAR and other heritage organizations in attendance. Participants in the ceremony included Frank J. Abbot, Chairman of the James City County Historical Commission, Alain C. Outlaw, Archaeologist and dedication speaker, Rev. Dr. James Henry, Williamsburg SAR Chaplain and the officiating clergy, Scouts from Williamsburg Boy Scout Troop 103 who performed the tomb unveiling and VASSAR President Ed Truslow who placed the wreath upon the unknown soldier's tomb.