Civil War battlefields stubbornly conceal their secrets and their archaeology remains a buried, largely untapped source of new historical information.
Douglas D. Scott has personally and scientifically examined the Civil War battlefields of the Trans-Mississippi West, and this eminent American historical archaeologist shares his latest findings in Civil War Archaeology in Missouri on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Among the sites of Scott's recent "boots-on-the-ground" fieldwork are the 1861 Missouri battles of Boonville and Wilson's Creek. He has also looked into the 1864 Centralia (Missouri) Massacre, a notorious incident in which Confederate guerrilla leader "Bloody" Bill Anderson captured and executed 24 unarmed Union soldiers on leave.
During his career with the National Park Service, Scott was instrumental in a landmark archaeological study at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, where he developed a field methodology that has enabled archaeologists to systematically investigate battlefields all over the world.
For his work on the Little Bighorn battlefield and other sites from the Indian Wars (especially Fort Washita and the Sand Creek Massacre) Scott received the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award in 2002. He is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of Nebraska, the president of the Society for Historical Archaeology, and a member of the advisory board for Armchair General magazine.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This presentation is part of the Missouri Valley Sundays series, a program of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library. The series is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.