Archaeology at Red Bank Historical

Archaeology at Red Bank Historical (HM1VBI)

Location: National Park, NJ 08063 Gloucester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 52.249', W 75° 11.36'

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On November 11, 1777, American soldiers at Fort Mercer tested two cannons recovered from the Augusta, a British warship that exploded after running aground the day after the Battle of Red Bank. Both cannons exploded when tested, injuring and killing members of the gun crew. This fragment was part of a cannon that weighed approximately 5,400 pounds and fired 24-pound projectiles up to one-half mile. Archaeologists found this cannon using ground-penetrating radar and excavated it on September 11, 2015.This portion of the original cannon weighs 848 pounds and lay undisturbed for over 230 yards only two feet below ground. It is displayed a few feet from where archaeologists uncovered it. We can draw on this and other newly unearthed artifacts to learn more about the extraordinary events of the Battle of Red Bank and its aftermath, as well as the hardships and challenges soldiers and civilians faced on the front lines of the American Revolution.
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Date Added Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 483808 N 4413436
Decimal Degrees39.87081667, -75.18933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 52.249', W 75° 11.36'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 52' 14.94" N, 75° 11' 21.6" W
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Area Code(s)856
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113 W Military Dr, National Park NJ 08063, US
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