By August 30, 1814, the British had already burned Washington, DC, and were winning the war by a long shot. But that day a tide-turning battle took place on a Kent County farm after Maryland militiamen spoiled a British ambush, losing none of their own number and killing 28 from the other side.
The executive director of the Bicentennial Commission has called the Caulk’s Field “easily the best-preserved 1812 battlefield in the Mid-Atlantic.” And now — with shovels, metal detectors, and cadaver-sniffing dogs — the site is being excavated to rebuild, in detail, the narrative of that battle.
A British burial site (which will not be disturbed) has been discovered, as well as lots of brass buttons and bullets. And since the American and British forces were using ammunition of different calibers, it hasn’t been too hard to reconstruct the battle lines. And if they can continue to receive funding, they can do even more.
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