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The Battle of Caulk’s Field, Kent County, Maryland

Author(s): Julie Schablitsky

Year: 2014

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Under a moon lit night on August 31, 1814, British Captain Peter Parker engaged American Lieutenant Colonel Philip Reed in battle on an open field in Kent County, Maryland. After an hour of artillery and musket fire, the British, suffering heavy casualties, quit the field and marched back to the HMS Menelaus. Lieutenant Colonel Reed and his men held their final position with only three wounded men. Under a National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program grant, archaeologists completed a metal detector survey across 80 acres of agricultural fields to learn more about this pivotal battle. Consideration of military tactics, landscape, and artifact locations revealed troop locations, a possible American encampment, and the battlefield boundary.

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The Battle of Caulk’s Field, Kent County, Maryland. Julie Schablitsky. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436923)

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PaperId(s): SYM-38,03

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