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Battlefield Research Blog: Entry #1, March 2021

Military Historian, David Naumec, Ph.D, of Heritage Consultants and his team will be blogging monthly on their research around the Battle of Ridgefield, supported by the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program grant awarded to the Historical Society last year.

Heritage Consultants, working with the Ridgefield Historical Society on the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program grant to study the 1777 Battle of Ridgefield, has begun collating and studying materials from a variety of sources, with the help of volunteers from the Historical Society.

Heritage Consultants and volunteers have been in Ridgefield recently to do some site investigations. The group included (from left) Megan Goldstein, University of Massachusetts graduate student; Dr. Kevin McBride, archaeologist; David George, archaeologist; Elijah Crehan, Ridgefield volunteer; and Dr. David Naumec, military historian.

The grant’s aim is to create databases and organizational methods for the materials gathered and to overlay important discoveries and events on a mapping program that will extend to the full battleground. The Battle of Ridgefield’s true extent and the number of engagements are still not precisely determined and it’s hoped that the project will help clarify this. Early research is suggesting new avenues for the researchers to pursue.

As they began their work in March, the consultants delved into the Ridgefield Historical Society collection, which led to other primary documents as well as information on historians and authors who have published on the Battle of Ridgefield. Heritage Consultants also began contact with the Connecticut State Library to gain access to relevant archives in its possession, a process that was delayed by Covid-19 restrictions. Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward, who serves on the Battle of Ridgefield grant advisory committee, added his support to the request for archival access and expressed his interest in the Loyalist elements in the Battle region and how they may have affected British General Tryon’s decisions.

Heritage Consultants also put out a call for information on any artifacts that may relate to the Battle that are in private collections. Several leads are being pursued, with the goal of documenting what has been found over the two-plus centuries to further develop understanding of the events of April 27-28, 1777.

Based on the March 2021 monthly report by David Naumec, Ph.D.


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