Archaeological Excavation

Archaeologists unearth prehistory and history at Fort Hunter’s Mansion.

Unearth evidence of 1700s military and settlement life as well as objects from prehistoric Indians.

1750s French and Indian war fort.

Archaeological dig turns up artifacts

Top Row from Left to Right - 1842 Eagle Plate - Confederate CS Plate Virginia Style Ovel - US Belt Plate
Bottom Row Left to Right - Eagle Plate - US Belt Plate - US Belt Plate
Artillery Shell Harpers Ferry

Archaeological Dig at Civil War Hospital site in Keedysville Maryland 

"All Artifacts recovered from private land with owner's permission."

Archaeological Dig at Civil War Hospital site in Keedysville Maryland 

This building know historically as Wyand’s store.
 It is a two-story brick building, six bays long by three bays deep.
The building was constructed in 1861- Brick smoke building was built before 
The battle of Antietam –1862.

 However, when the building was nearly complete, but not yet serving its intended purpose, 
 It was selected by the Union Army as a hospital Just prior to the Battle of Antietam 
September 1862.

 It then became a hospital were it is estimated that 200 men were treated.
 It is therefore, significant for its association with this important Civil War battle and as a store, 
 one of the largest in the county.

 After the Battle of South Mountain ended around nightfall on September 14, 1862, 
 many Confederates marched by here. 
 The next day, Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac arrived, and McClellan established his headquarters here in   
 the German Reformed Church. 
 The army bivouacked in and around Keedysville before it attacked Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia near   
 Sharpsburg on September 17. 
 After the battle, the bloodiest day in American history, Keedysville became one vast Union hospital. 
 Keedysville hosted Federal troops for several weeks thereafter.

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Battle of Funkstown, Maryland

Artillery Canister Round Shot 
Battle of Funkstown Maryland  
Canister is ammunition used in cannons 
it was similar to case 
and grapeshot but fired smaller 
and more numerous balls.
Battle of Funkstown, Maryland

Exploded artilery shell fragment
Square nail
Case shot from exploded shell
Civil war musket bullet​

Battle of Antietam
September 17th 1862

About the 34th New York Infantry Staff Button

 "This button was found where the New York troops were on their way to the East Woods to fight.   
  All artifacts are recovered from private land with the owner's permission."


Col. James A. Suiter Commanding

Enlisted under President Lincoln's Call, issued April 15, 1861, for 75,000 men, to serve two years. Mustered into the State service May 1, 1861 Mustered into the United States service June 15, 1861 Mustered out June 30, 1863 First Brigade Second Division Second Corps, 
To the memory of the gallant men who fell on this and other Historic fields. 
The dead on this field were 43 and the wounded 74.
New York Staff Officers Civil War Coat Button
This is what the Staff officers button would look like
Civil War Artifact Preservation Association 
would like to give a big Thank You to
Community Manager Kimberly Ritter at Cranes Meadow
for your donation of Artifacts.

Civil War cavalry .54 Burnside cartridge bullet with the black powder 
after 150 years.
Melted Civil war bullet from camp site fire pits.
Note the charcoal from fire pit, 
Many soldiers would sit by a camp fire and make there own bullets, 
some would also throw them in the fire pit.

Civil War musket caps, this is what fires the musket
Back mark of an Eagle civil war button
Brass number 1 used on a Kepi or a slouch hat.
These are the smaller officer's size characters are much rarer then former.
Leather from a boot or shoe, lots of time soldiers could not repair their shoes nor their boots and they toss them in trash.
Pottery for cooking/drinking and such
 By doing some research it does show this was a Union Civil War infantry and cavalry campsite. 
There were other items such as broken glass, animal bones and square nails,