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Tango0102 Aug 2022 3:46 p.m. PST

… in New Jersey field

"In a remarkable find that adds a new chapter to New Jersey's distinguished Revolutionary War history, the 245-year-old remains of a group of soldiers have been found in a field in Gloucester County near the site of a key battle in the nation's fight for independence.

An archeological dig just outside Red Bank Battlefield Park has uncovered the skeletal remains of up to 12 individuals believed to be Hessian soldiers fighting for Great Britain against the Continental Army who were killed during a one-day battle in 1777, according to Rowan University officials who help coordinate a dig at the site…"

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pmwalt02 Aug 2022 7:20 p.m. PST

That's amazing, that after all those years..

42flanker03 Aug 2022 1:09 a.m. PST

"The Battle of Red Bank was a crucial victory for the Continental Army"

In their promotional video on the find, Rowan University also describe the failed attack Fort Mifflin as "one of the greatest upset victories of the Revolutionary War." Yet as this article concedes, Forts Mifflin and Mercer were abandoned a fortnight or so later and the obstacle to traffic on the river was removed.

A bloody reverse to be sure but "crucial victory"? Futile though the enterprise ultimately proved to be, Philadelphia had been occupied by Crown forces and remained in British hands.

What is interesting is that as the altogether more sober Wade Catts lead archaologist points out in the Rowan University video, actual battlefield burials from the AWI period can be numbered "on two hands," and although he doesn't say so I am fairly sure to find burials of individuals numbering in double figures must be even more rare.

The search for the Marylanders' grave at Brooklyn has yet to turn up any remains. We know that over 50 men were buried at the Paoli Tavern site but obviously the grave has never been excavated since as the Red Bank site, as Wades Catts points out, is of course a military cemetery and it is only the chance discovery of the soldiers' remains that has led to a systematic archaological investigation.

A timely synchronicity given Robert Selig's current study of military burials.

Tango0103 Aug 2022 3:20 p.m. PST



Dn Jackson Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2022 11:25 p.m. PST

It did keep supply ships out of Philadelphia for a while. I'm going from memory, but is this the fight where the British lost a frigate?

Zephyr107 Aug 2022 9:20 p.m. PST

"245-year-old remains of Revolutionary War soldiers found… in New Jersey field"

Mob burial grounds in NJ go back a long time… ;-)

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