Binghamton University PAF awarded Grant for Chemung Battlefield Inventory Project
The Binghamton University Public Archeology Facility (PAF) has been awarded a $37,357 grant by the American Battlefield Protection Program for the Revolutionary War Chemung Battlefield Inventory Project.
Research teams from Binghamton and Cornell University will collaborate with the Lowman Historical Society, the Residents for the Preservation of Lowman and Chemung, Native American researchers, and James Folts, a New York State Archivist, to examine the Chemung Battlefield.
The team will conduct documentary research, field mapping, stakeholder interviews (including Native Americans) and complete a research design that will define the integrity of the battlefield. This information, together with historic and modern maps, photographs, soil maps, references, and historical texts will be used to create a research design for future comprehensive preservation planning and to prepare a nomination form for potential listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chemung was the first of only two major battles associated with the Clinton-Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The Campaign consisted of a scorched earth attack on the Iroquois, who abandoned their villages prior to attacks. Battle of Chemung yielded six dead and 12 wounded Continental troops, and served as the prelude to the Battle of Newtown, a turning point in the Revolutionary War.