James Abercrombie (British Army officer, born 1732)
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January 1, 1732|
Scotland, United Kingdom
|Died||June 23, 1775
|Buried at||King's Chapel Burying Ground (Coordinates: )|
|Years of service||1744-1775|
There is much uncertainty about Abercrombie's family. He may have been related to General James Abercrombie, but the Dictionary of Canadian Biography states that the common identification of him as the general's son or nephew is probably erroneous.
On 11 June 1744 Abercrombie was made Lieutenant of the 1st Foot. On 16 February 1756, he was promoted to the rank of Captain of the 42nd Foot. With this rank he served in the French and Indian War, notably as one of General Abercrombie's aides in the Battle of Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga in 1758 before being made aide-de-camp to General Amherst in 1759. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1770.
On June 17, 1775, Abercrombie led the grenadier battalion in their charge of the redoubt on the Americans' left wing at the Battle of Bunker Hill. During the assault on Breed's Hill, he sustained a gunshot wound from an African soldier named Salem Poor. After removal from the Bunker Hill battleground, he was treated at a hospital facility in Boston. He succumbed to his wound a week later at the residence of British military engineer John Montresor.
- namesake of Abercrombie, Nova Scotia
- Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
- Abercrombie, James, 1732-1775; Green, Samuel A. (1897). "A British account of the battle of Lexington; and the last meeting in the Dowse library at No. 30 Tremont St., Boston". Archive.org. Massachusetts Historical Society.
- Bob on Gallows Hill (May 7, 2005). "James Abercrombie". British Revolutionary War Army Officer. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 31, 2015.