The Princeton Battlefield Society and the Historical Society of Princeton presents....




OF SKULLS and SKELETONS
Military Burial Practices along the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail
A Lecture by historian, Bob Selig
Saturday, November 10th
3:30pm to 5:00pm 

Historical Society of Princeton. Updike Farm
Updike Farmstead  
354 Quaker Road 
Princeton, NJ 08540  

This event is FREE to the public

Please RSVP eve@princetonhistory.org,  609-921-6748
Questions or comments; roger@pbs1777.org, 609-389-5657


In the late afternoon of 3 January 1777, New Jersey Militiaman William Churchill Houston reached the Princeton Battlefield where he "had a most dismal prospect of a number of pale mangled corpses, lying in the mud and blood".They needed to be buried, but whose task was that? Can we tell who buried whom, not only at Princeton but on other battlefields of the War of Independence along the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail as well? When? How many hours, days, months later? Where? Individually or in mass graves? In natural crevices? Lakes? Naked or dressed? Officers and other ranks together or separate? How long do they remain in the ground? Are they ever found? Who would dig them up and why? Can we identify them? What happens with the skeletons, are some of the topics discussed in this talk which illustrates the close connection between history and archaeology.

Robert A. Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988. He published a number of books on the American War of Independence such as HUSSARS IN LEBANON! A Connecticut Town and Lauzun’s Legion during the American Revolution, 1780-1781and a translation of A TREATISE ON PARTISAN WARFARE by Johann von Ewald. He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the Comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project. He also serves as Project Historian for American Battlefield Protection Program projects such as the battles of Princeton, Green Spring, Spencer’s Ordinary, Paoli, Red Bank, Bennington, Hubbardton and Brandywine.