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Little Guns on the Big Elk: Discovering Fort Hollingsworth (1813-1815), Elkton, Maryland

Author(s): James Gibb ; William E. Stephens ; Peter Quantock

Year: 2013

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Fort Hollingsworth, erected by the citizens of Cecil County, Maryland, in April 1813 to protect the area from British incursions, was one of a series of small breastworks that protected the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay and the ‘back door’ to Philadelphia during the War of 1812. Fort Hollingsworth saw brief action in 1814 and, after the war, was demolished and the land returned to farming. Geophysical survey, exploratory soil borings, and detailed topographic mapping, and focused excavation, convincingly and economically identified the footprint of this long-lost fort. The work was undertaken by the Archeological Society of Maryland in 2011 and 2012.

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Little Guns on the Big Elk: Discovering Fort Hollingsworth (1813-1815), Elkton, Maryland. James Gibb, William E. Stephens, Peter Quantock. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428199)


Fort GPR War of 1812

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 346

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America