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Gone for a Soldier: An Archaeological Signature of a Military Presence aboard the Storm Wreck

Author(s): Brian J. McNamara

Year: 2016

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Six seasons of excavation have yielded numerous artifacts from the Storm Wreck, site 8SJ 8459, a ship that wrecked off St. Augustine on 31 December 1782 as part of the Loyalist evacuation fleet from Charleston, South Carolina. Many of these artifacts reflect the presence of military personnel amongst the ship’s passenger grouping. These include Brown Bess muskets and diagnostic regimental uniform buttons, which spurred archival research in England and Scotland that has led to a better understanding of which British Army regiments were in and evacuated from Charleston on the December 1782 fleet. This paper will discuss a number of these artifacts and how they fit within the greater context of the Loyalist evacuation, ultimately leading to the identification of the Storm Wreck as one of sixteen vessels reported lost during that event.


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Gone for a Soldier: An Archaeological Signature of a Military Presence aboard the Storm Wreck. Brian J. McNamara. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434990)


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

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PaperId(s): 814

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