Just in time for the 4th of July, a group of students from South Carolina are discovering never-before-seen relics of our nation’s conception.
While most lessons that we learn about the Revolutionary War against the British, or “Brexit 1776” as one clever T-shirt reads, comes from northeastern locales such as Boston and Philadelphia, the south was very much in play during our great nation’s formative conflict. You are much more likely to find Civil War scholars digging into wartime trenches in the Palmetto State, and that, along with the timely manner of this discovery, is what makes the work being conducted here so special.
“First-of-its-kind archeological evidence of the Revolutionary War has been uncovered by a team of students in a major South Carolina city.
“Students participating in College of Charleston’s Archeological Field School discovered a roughly .60 caliber musket ball last week during excavations in the back lot of the historic Aiken-Rhett House. It was the first confirmed piece of physical evidence of British siege lines in the state.
“Charleston Museum Director Carl Borick has been searching for the 1780 siege line for nearly 15 years. ‘Based on these artifacts, my research and the archaeologists’ assessment of the mottled soil in the trench, we have pretty much confirmed it was part of the British siege lines during the 1780 siege.’
“Curator of Historical Archeology at The Charleston Museum Martha Zierden led the team of nearly a dozen after ground-penetrating radar revealed a high ground disturbance.
“As the students worked, the director of museums for the Historic Charleston Foundation, Lauren Northup, led tours around the site explaining in detail what they hoped to discover.
“‘We have worked for three weeks to uncover evidence of a suspected revolutionary war seize trench dug by the British in 1780,’ Northup told Fox News. ‘We are nearing the end of the field school and we have finally reached the trench.'”
The discovery also acts as a somber reminder regarding the reality of this week’s holiday.
Independence Day is certainly worth celebrating. Where Memorial Day and Veterans Day both carry with them a very somber reminder that people have, and will continue, to perish in the name of our freedom, the 4th of July has a way of transcending that viewpoint. Yes, many patriots met their maker on those long-lost battlefields, as well as many Britons, but our relationship with the English has never been better than it is now. It is for this reason that I implore Americans to celebrate and regal themselves with all that our nation stands for tomorrow. Eat the foods that we’ve invented. Listen to the music that our nation birthed into the world. Be proud and joyous that you live in the greatest country on earth.