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State dig uncovers the secrets of an 1814 battlefield

State dig uncovers the secrets of an 1814 battlefield

The DNA of a battle that helped turn the tide of a war going horribly wrong for America lay buried just six inches below the surface in a Kent County cornfield.

For nearly two centuries, the musket balls, canister shot and other artifacts from intense fighting at Caulk's Field waited to tell the story of a sweltering August night in 1814, when militiamen sprang a trap on a British raiding party bent on destruction.

How did the citizen-soldiers best their battle-tested foes at Caulk's Field?

State archaeologist Julie Schablitsky hopes to figure that out. With the help of history buffs armed with metal detectors and some cadaver-sniffing dogs, she is retracing the...

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