Archaeological Research of the American Civil War

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  • Archaeological and Geophysical Investigations of the Tebbs Bend Battlefield, Taylor County, Kentucky (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only W. Stephen McBride. Philip B. Mink. Edward R. Henry.

    In 2011 McBride Preservation Services and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey conducted geophysical surveys and archaeological excavations of the Tebbs Bend Civil War Battlefield for the Tebbs Bend-Green River Bridge Battlefield Association and the American Battlefield Protection Program.  This investigation consisted of archival research, military terrain analysis, geophysical surveys, and archaeological survey and testing and resulted in the discovery and exposure of sections of the forward...

  • Archaeological Investigations of Camp Frazer, Cynthiana, Harrison County, Kentucky (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Brian Mabelitini.

    Camp Frazer was established by the Union Army in Cynthiana, Kentucky in September 1861. Built on the farm of Dr. Joel C. Frazer, this post typically garrisoned 900 soldiers. Archival research indicates that a brick structure on the Frazer farm was used by the army as a hospital before being burned by Confederate troops on July 17, 1862. Archaeological investigations located this structure along with numerous military items in situ within the destruction debris. This research sheds light on the...

  • Archaeology Of The William Berkley Sutler Store, Camp Nelson Civil War Depot, Jessamine County, Kentucky (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kim A. McBride. W. Stephen McBride. Kathie Danner. Denise Waggoner. Todd Osborne.

    Archaeological excavations at the William Berkley sutler store at the Camp Nelson Civil War Depot, in Jessamine County, Kentucky, have been directed at understanding the architectural construction and layout of the store building, products that were sold at the store, and activities that took place there.  Nails, window glass, and architectural features suggest that this building was a frame or board and batten building set on wooden piers. A large assemblage of bottle glass and tin cans...

  • The Documentation, Interpretation, and Partial Restoration of Civil War Era Forts on the Lower Cape Fear River: Common Archaeological Threads from 50 Years of Investigations (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Thomas E. Beaman.

    Located in southeastern North Carolina, Wilmington was one of the most active trans-Atlantic ports for Confederate blockade runners during the American Civil War.  Second only to Charleston, it was also the most heavily fortified port on the Atlantic Coast.  Four primary forts—Johnston, Caswell, Fisher, and Anderson—were seated along the Lower Cape Fear River between Wilmington and the Atlantic Ocean to protected the port and its brisk trade of blockade running.  While early investigations began...

  • Picking up the Pieces: Interpretation and reconstruction of USS Westfield from fragmentary Archaeological evidence (2015)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin A Parkoff.

    USS Westfield was the flagship of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the American Civil War. Originally a New York ferry, Westfield was purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1861 and converted into an armored gunboat. On January 1, 1863 Westfield was destroyed by her captain during the Battle of Galveston to avoid capture. In 2009, the remaining wreckage, consisting of a disarticulated artifact debris field, was recovered from the Texas City Channel in advance of a dredging project. The remaining...