Bring the Boys Back Home: War, Conflict, and Commemoration

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  • Arms Across the Atlantic: The Faux Blakely Rifles and their North Carolina Connection (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Lawrence Babits. Peter Norris. Gregory Stratton.

    A cannon used by North Carolina Confederates was captured by the Union navy during the Civil War and placed as a trophy in Washington, DC. In 1973, a similar cannon was recovered from the Roanoke River below Fort Branch, a Confederate fortification blocking upstream navigation. The production identification numbers (136, 138) suggested they came from the same shipment. Their initial identification as Blakely rifled cannon is challenged here by connecting the two guns to specifications for cannon...

  • Citizens Under Arms: Archeological observations on the American Revolution (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Wade Catts. David G. Orr.

    Historian Jeremy Black described the War for American Independence as a new kind of war, a transoceanic conflict between a European homeland and its descendants fighting for independence, and one where the concept of citizens under arms played a primary role. Over the last several decades archeologists have investigated the campsites, battlefields, fortifications, and supply points of this conflict. The societies which fielded the armies dictated the character of their military formations,...

  • Fort Madison and Fort Severn: Jefferson's Second Seacoast Defense System as Employed in Annapolis, Maryland (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Mechelle Kerns Galway.

    Due to President Thomas Jefferson’s call for seacoast defense, known as the "Second System," the capital city of Annapolis, Maryland saw the construction of two forts during the period of 1808 to 1810.  By the War of 1812, Annapolis had Fort Madison, a traditional star-shaped fortification and Fort Severn, a round gun battery to protect the Chesapeake Bay Severn River approach, Annapolis Roads, and the city.  This paper outlines the history of both forts, the research findings on the...

  • An Historical Archaeological Investigation of the Indianola Prisoner of War Camp (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Allison Young.

    Second World War military operations resulted in the capture of thousands of prisoners of war and the creation of internment facilities by both the Axis and the Allies. Archaeologists have begun to examine these facilities around the world. The United States government established a POW program with numerous camps all over the country to house these prisoners. This paper provides the results of historical archaeological research at the Indianola prisoner of war camp in southwestern Nebraska. The...

  • Investigating Soldiers' Foodways (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Alexandra L Simmons.

    War provides fertile ground for research on comestibles, because food is often the reason for conflict and is essential to an army on the move.  Archaeological excavations have been carried out at many redoubts and camps occupied during the Waikato Campaign of the New Zealand Wars, 1860s – 1870s.  Most of the excavations have been limited by the constraints of development based briefs, which has resulted in a paucity of in depth research. In this paper the model used to investigate soldiers’...

  • The memorialisation of ‘excluded’ groups in Washington D.C (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Emma L Login.

    Growing multiculturalism in many cities has resulted in rising concerns over the shared historical narratives of their inhabitants; particularly in relation to past conflicts. Increasingly groups have spoken out against perceived exclusion from dominant conflict narratives. This paper seeks to understand the ways in which groups exert their claim on past conflicts through the urban environment, specifically through processes of war memorialisation. Examples in Washington D.C. comprise both new...

  • An Officer and a Gentleman? Telling the story of Captain Rábago and the Spanish Colonial Site of Presidio San Sabá through Archaeology and History (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Tamra Walter. valentina martinez.

    Presidio San Sabá, located in Menard County, is the largest Spanish Fort in Texas.  Occupied from 1757 to 1770, the garrison was under the command of Captain Felipe Rábago for most of its existence. Prior to and during his command, the presidio underwent several changes that reflect the political and social environment of Spanish Colonial Texas during the late 18th century.  Drawing from both archaeological investigations conducted by Texas Tech University and historical research, the story of...

  • Reconstruction of a replica swivel gun (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Martin J Read. Kester Keighley.

    In 1973 a composite wood-iron swivel gun known as a 'Serpentine' was recovered from the Cattewater, Plymouth and a Tudor wreck, known as the Cattewater Wreck, subsequently partially excavated. In 1979 a film was made of the construction of a replica swivel gun by Colin Carpenter which showed the fabrication of the wrought iron gun barrel and oak bed, their fitting and subsequent firing. This film has been digitised by the South West Film & Television Archive.

  • The Subculture of the U.S.Army during WWII and Its Impact on the Construction of a New Airbase in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher Roe.

    This presentation reviews my MA thesis which examined how the subculture of a military organization can influence the construction of a new facility. During World War II, the U.S. Army had an upper class of commissioned officers who had access to many resources and a lower class of enlisted personnel who had limited resources. The U.S. Army also segregated African American and female soldiers, each group being restricted in unit assignment, work done, and separation from other white or male...

  • Wars With America 1776 - 1815 (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Andrew T E Whitefield.

    Shipbuilding by James Martin Hilhouse at Bristol during this period of conflict. This young man aged 24 founded in 1772 a shipbuilding business that lasted 200 years and built large warships and merchantmen in Dockyards on the Avon that no longer exist but there is valuable archival material and some recent archaeological surveys have taken place. How did he use the experience gained by his apprenticeship to the Master Shipwright in Royal Dockyards for the benefit of Bristol merchants with...