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Public invited to meeting reviewing Red Bank Battlefield Archeological Survey

(Glassboro, NJ) – Gloucester County residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rowan University regarding the review and findings of the archeological survey at Red Bank Battlefield Park in 2015.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger and Frank J. DiMarco, liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation, said that the public hearing would include discussion about the potential future direction for historical interpretation and public engagement at Red Bank.

Gloucester County's Red Bank Battlefield was the recipient of a 2014 grant for $46,200 from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program.  The grant was used for an archeological survey and mapping of Fort Mercer at the site of the Battle of Red Bank, conducted by Commonwealth Heritage Group and BRAVO (Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization) volunteers.

Director Damminger said, "The goal of the grant was to identify the remains of Fort Mercer, map the boundaries within the park's borders, and excavate limited areas for objects related to the battle."

Freeholder DiMarco said, “This grant helped the county find artifacts, including the 848-pound cannon fragment, uniform fragments, Hessian-related fragments, and other weaponry fragments that are important in telling the story of our nation’s history during the American Revolution. ”

“We were very fortunate to receive this competitive federal grant and to have the partnership with Rowan University History Department to help carry out its mission,” said DiMarco.  

Making the presentation at the public meeting will be Wade P. Catts, RPA, Commonwealth Heritage Group.  JMA (a CCRG Company) was the Cultural Resources consultant that was awarded the grant for this work and included a project team of Catts, professional archeologist, and historian Dr. Robert Selig and archeologist Dr. David Orr. 

The public meeting will be held at the Chamberlain Student Center Ballroom, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro.  Check in at the Welcome Gate, 257 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028. From there, people will be directed to the 3rd Level of the Townhouse Garage. 

Funding for this project provided by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program.  

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