US Army Ret. Lt. Col. Cornelius W. Barton

Military Project Grant


In the past BRAVO has been fortunate enough to be able to offer the US Army Ret. Lt. Col. Cornelius W. Barton Military Project Grant to graduate students for their research. I am pleased to announce that this year BRAVO and the Barton Grant will instead offer travel scholarships for 3 students or recent graduates to attend and present a paper at the 2018 Fields of Conflict Conference. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Awards are as follows:

  • First place - $1,000 USD
  • Second place - $750 USD
  • Third Place - $700 USD

The criteria for selection will be:

  • Need - a short letter of explanation of why it is important to attend the conference is to be submitted.  We are looking for people who have no institutional or corporate funding so be clear to address your funding situation in your letter. A recent graduate is defined as having an official degree awarded within in the last 3 years.
  • Abstract of the paper to be given at FOC 2018 is to be submitted. Note: - the deadline for abstracts will be extended for scholarship recipients. Quality of work – the paper should provide an innovative approach to conflict archaeology
  • Students will need to provide a letter from a professor showing you are in good standing within the program. Recent graduates, please provide a copy of an unofficial transcript or letter from the registrar showing the date of degree awarded.

The selection will be made by a committee of BRAVO members.  The scholarships will be paid by checks in US dollars.  The recipients will be responsible for any currency conversions.

Submission Deadline: 4 May, 2018


Contact: Dan Sivilich, BRAVO President at

Award Date: The selected recipient will be notified by email.

Click to download a pdf of the grant announcement

2015 US Army Ret. Lt. Col. Cornelius W. Barton Military Project Grant Recipients

Annually an award of $500 is presented by the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological

Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) in memory of the late Cornelius W. Barton for a graduate

student conducting research on any topic pertaining to military history or military archaeology.

Mr. Barton served in the US Army and had a very keen interest in archeology and history his

entire life. His family has donated the money for this grant in his memory with the hope of

fostering the same love of history in others. The purpose of the grant is to assist a student in

advancing their military research project and can be used for any justifiable expense.






BRAVO has offered a variety of public programs in the past. Below is a brief list of past public outreach events. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Public Lectures


The programs listed below are among those presented at BRAVO meetings to which the public is invited.

"Ladies From Hell - Repulse of the British Third Brigade at Monmouth", presented by Dan Sivilich, president of BRAVO. Entertaining and interesting slide presentation on the battle against the 42nd Regiment of Foot (referred to as "ladies" because they wore kilts) as we now know it to have occurred due to archaeological discoveries at Monmouth Battlefield. For information about having this presentation given to your group, click on "Contact Us".

"A Billy Yank Governor", presented by author Bernie Olsen. The life and times of Franklin Murphy, New Jersey's turn-of-the-century governor who also fought in the Civil War. His presentation and book of the same name contain information and photographs never before published.

"Old Tennent Church Talk and Tour", presented by Reverend Dr. Hugh MacKenzie. Fascinating information about the history of Old Tennent Church in Manalapan, NJ, one of the few original 18th century churches remaining in the state.

"Monmouth County's Role in the Civil War", presented by Jim Stephens. An overview of the 1862 Monmouth Regiment and those troops' service in the Civil War.

Dr. Paul Kovalski, forensic dentist and president of the Marlboro Township council: slide presentation on the identification of bodies through dental forensics, and how this science has evolved since the time of Paul Revere, who was one of the first to use dental forensics to identify the body of an officer killed at Bunker Hill.

"Excavating Architecture", a slide presentation by Dr. Garry Stone. Excellent presentation exposing hidden evidence in the walls, rubble piles, and beneath the surface of old buildings that can help us unravel the secrets of the past. Highlighted were classic New Jersey homes, excavations from St. John's (1638-c.1715) in St. Mary's City, MD, and Wright Tavern (c.1799-present) in Wentworth, North Carolina.