Historical Information & Research

 

BRAVO has compiled brief reports for several of the places they have conducted surveys. These documents provide a brief historical overview and how through the use of metal detecting BRAVO has impacted the interpretation of these sites.

Click on the links at the right for for more information.

Molly Pitcher

 

The Revolutionary War heroine who played a pivotal role in the Battle of Monmouth.

Everyone has heard of Molly Pitcher, but did you know that her actions may have saved the Continental Army from losing the Battle of Monmouth? Many historians believe that if she hadn't taken her wounded husband's place at the cannon, his unit would have been forced to retreat, giving British troops the advantage.

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Painting by Don Troiani (reproduced with permission)

Historical Documents

 

The strong words in this series of five letters between Washington and Lee, written before and after the Battle of Monmouth, clearly illustrate the positions of both officers following Lee's disorderly retreat from engagement.

Click here for the transcription of the letters

 

Published Papers

 

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2010  HEAR THE CANNONS ROAR! 20 Years of Metal Detecting at a Revolutionary War Site or Electronic Archaeology at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Freehold/Manalapan, NJ. Paper Presented at the Conference on Underwater and Historical Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Amelia Island, Florida.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2009a  What the Musket Ball Can Tell You: Monmouth Battlefield State Park,
New Jersey. "Fields of Conflict" edited by Douglas Scott, Lawrence Babits and
Charles Haecker, Potomac Books, Inc., Dulles, VA, pp. 84 - 101.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2009b  Following the Evidence From Valley Forge to the Battle of Monmouth: A Study of Musket Balls and Their Uses by Soldiers in the Continental Army.  Paper Presented at the Conference on Underwater and Historical Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2009c  Electronic Phase I Archaeological Survey Conducted at:  22 County
Rt. 537 and Heyers Mill Road, Block 30, Lot 18, Monmouth County, Colts Neck, NJ 07722.  Site Number: 28-Mo-391.  Cultural resource report, March 9, 2009 on file at New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2009d   The Archaeology of Molly Pitcher. American Revolution 1(3):11-14.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2007   Accuracy Testing of Hand-Held GPS Units and Other Methods of Measuring
Spatial Data. Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey 62:64-72.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2006   What the Musket Ball Can Tell You: Monmouth Battlefield State Park, New Jersey. In Fields of Conflict. D. Scott, L. Babits, and C. Haecker, eds. Pp. 84-101, Vol. 1. West Port: Praeger Security International Press.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
2005   Evolution of MacroArchaeology at the Battle of Monmouth - 1778 American             Revolutionary War. In Battlefields Archaeological Review. J. Cooksey, ed. Yorkshire, England: Pen & Sword Books Limited.

Sivilich, Daniel M.
1996   Analyzing Musket Balls to Interpret a Revolutionary War Site. Historical Archaeology
30(2):101-109.

Sivilich, Daniel M., Garry Wheeler Stone
2009  The Archaeology of Molly Pitcher, American Revolution, Volume 1, October,
Issue 3:11-14, Camden, South Carolina.

Sivilich, D.M., and Garry Wheeler Stone
2003   The Battle of Monmouth: the Archaeology of Molly Pitcher, the Royal Highlanders, and Colonel Cilley’s Light Infantry. In Self-published pamphlet available at Monmouth Battlefield State Park.

Stone, G.W, D.M. Sivilich, and M.W Lender
1996   A Deadly Minuet: The Advance of the New England “Picked Men” against the Royal Highlanders at The Battle of Monmouth. The Brigade Dispatch 26(2).