Remembering Paoli: Archaeology and Memory Associated with Conflict Sites

Author(s): Matthew A. Kalos

Year: 2018


On the night of September 20, 1777, British General Charles Grey led his men on a bayonet raid upon American General Anthony Wayne and his encamped Pennsylvania Regulars.  The British burned the camp, injuring many, and killing 52.  The battle quickly became recognized as the "Paoli Massacre" with the battle cry "Remember Paoli!" heard throughout the remainder of the American Revolution.  Archaeological fieldwork at Paoli Battlefield not only seeks to understand the conflict, but the legacy of the violence witnessed by the soldiers and the community.  This paper illustrates the importance of considering the memories associated with conflict.  Specifically, research questions should address the interpretation of memories, not just an analysis of the conflict, because an event’s legacy affords important insights.  Interpreting the remembrance practices of the war provides important avenues for new research; these new methods can be applied to other conflict sites.  

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Remembering Paoli: Archaeology and Memory Associated with Conflict Sites. Matthew A. Kalos. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441818)


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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 432