Workshop Held By Southern Revolutionary War Sites

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The text in this story is directly quoted from the article written By Ginny Fowler that appears on InsideNPS.gov August 12, 2015 

“Workshop Held By Southern Revolutionary War Sites

On July 24th and July 25th, the Southern Campaign of the Revolution Parks Group, consisting of Kings Mountain National Military Park, Cowpens National Battlefield, Ninety Six National Historic Site, and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC), hosted a workshop for battlefield scholars and volunteers to discuss the future role of historical and archeological research within the group of parks, their role in the community, how to engage the community in partnerships with the NPS, and how the NPS can assist them with research goals and heritage preservation.

Led by John Cornelison of the Southeast Archeological Center, the participants heard world-renowned battlefield archeologist Dr. Douglas Scott’s presentation on “Shot and Shell Tell the Tale,” an introduction to archeology. Dr. Larry Babits gave an overview of the Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution, Scott Butler spoke about the Battle of Waxhaws, and Kristen McMasters of the American Battlefield Protection Program talked about Military Terrain Analysis. The group then set archaeological goals for the Southern Campaign of the Revolution Parks Group, which included identifying and evaluating resources, identifying unknown sites, assessing how to locate resources, and rapid publication of results, even if they are incomplete.

The participants decided that their joint mission would be to highlight the importance of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution in the overarching theme of American Independence by linking local, county, state, and national resources into a national network. They will accomplish this by developing the initial framework to study, celebrate, and better understand the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

Additionally, Michael Siebert from SEAC spoke about the upcoming archaeological investigation at Cowpens National Battlefield. On the last three weekends of August, archeologists, researchers, and volunteers will be continuing investigations on the Battle of Cowpens. The primary goal for the project is to confirm and define the battle lines from the 1781 battle. Secondary goals include the location of General Daniel Morgan’s camp and where the British dead may have been buried after the patriot victory.

Following the completion of the field work, the archeologists will take any recovered artifacts back to SEAC in Tallahassee where they will be analyzed, cataloged, entered into a geographical information system, and examined with a portable x-ray florescence machine to determine the composition and source of the object. To follow the archaeological project on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, search for the hashtag #SEAC2740.”

One comment

  1. […] The Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War, especially in the backcountry, was essentially a civil war as the colonial population split between Patriot and Loyalist, often pitting neighbor against neighbor and re-igniting old feuds and animosities. Both Patriots and Loyalist organized militias, and engaged each other often. The countryside was devastated, and raids and reprisals were commonplace. […]

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