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Camp of the 6th New York Volunteer Infantry and the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, Florida

Author(s): William B. Lees

Year: 2017

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In October of 1861 the camp of the 6th New York Volunteer Infantry was surprised and routed and the Battle of Santa Rosa Island ensued. Confederates destroyed the camp before being pushed off the island by regulars from nearby Fort Pickens. Research at the site was kicked off by an RPA-certified Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist training hosted by the University of West Florida, Florida Public Archaeology Network. Results expanded on the understanding of the site developed after the first professional survey in 1973, and provide details on the location and nature of the camp of the New York Volunteers, clear evidence of the attack on the camp, and details of the location of the camp and the Confederate attack in the immediate vicinity of the camp. Finally, the project has confirmed that important camp and battle contexts are preserved despite frequent impact from hurricanes and other storms.

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Camp of the 6th New York Volunteer Infantry and the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, Florida. William B. Lees. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435452)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 456

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