Morehead State University

Poster Title

Finding "The Last Battle of the American Revolution"

Institution

Morehead State University

Abstract

In the spring of 2008 history students from Morehead State University took part in a public history project at the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. Lead by Associate Professor of History, Dr. Adrian Mandzy, the team consisted of six students from the history junior seminar class and a team of specialists from the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO). The goal of this project was to locate any remaining evidence from "The Last Battle of the American Revolution". Fought in northeastern Kentucky, a group of Native Americans and their British allies defeated a group of American settlers. Among the legendary figures that fought at the battle were Daniel Boone, who lost his son in the battle, and Levi Todd, the grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln. During the course of this research project, students learned how to conduct an archaeological survey and write a report for a state agency. By working with professionals in the field, students were provided with a hands-on experience that went beyond the traditional classroom environment. As a result of the survey, we were able to establish the actual location on the battlefield and provide the park with the evidence to lobby for placement of the battlefield on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Finding "The Last Battle of the American Revolution"

In the spring of 2008 history students from Morehead State University took part in a public history project at the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park. Lead by Associate Professor of History, Dr. Adrian Mandzy, the team consisted of six students from the history junior seminar class and a team of specialists from the Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO). The goal of this project was to locate any remaining evidence from "The Last Battle of the American Revolution". Fought in northeastern Kentucky, a group of Native Americans and their British allies defeated a group of American settlers. Among the legendary figures that fought at the battle were Daniel Boone, who lost his son in the battle, and Levi Todd, the grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln. During the course of this research project, students learned how to conduct an archaeological survey and write a report for a state agency. By working with professionals in the field, students were provided with a hands-on experience that went beyond the traditional classroom environment. As a result of the survey, we were able to establish the actual location on the battlefield and provide the park with the evidence to lobby for placement of the battlefield on the National Register of Historic Places.