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Thursday, August 04, 2022

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.



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...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 battle in 1777, according to Rowan University officials who help coordinate the excavation.

They also uncovered a wide range of other items, including musket balls, brass buttons, a uniform knee buckle containing human blood, and a King George III gold guinea that would have been the equivalent of a soldier's monthly pay, officials said.

The recovery effort began with the June 26 discovery of a human femur bone on the fourth and final day of a public dig that attracted more than 100 people who wanted to help excavate the site, university officials said.

The bone was found inside a 4 1/2-foot deep trench about 400 yards from the main parking lot of Red Bank Battlefield Park along the Delaware River in the borough of National Park. The trench extends onto an adjoining, quarter-acre site that was acquired by Gloucester County in 2020 and had not been thoroughly explored by archeologists.

The discoveries will broaden the awareness of the 44-acre, county-owned park's significance, the Battle of Red Bank and the sacrifices of Revolutionary War soldiers, according to Red Bank Battlefield Park director Jennifer Janofsky....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-04 12:07 PM | Reply


#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-08-04 07:55 PM | Reply

The BFD that wasn't "well thought out".

#3 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-08-04 08:06 PM | Reply

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