Historian to discuss Revolutionary War military burials
Aug. 18, 2018
STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — A Revolutionary War historian will discuss the era's military burial practices when he gives a talk at a New York historic site located on one of the conflict's most famous battlefields.
"Of Skulls and Skeletons: Military Burial Practices and Battlefield Clean-Up along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historical Trail" is the title of Robert Selig's presentation Sunday afternoon at the Saratoga National Historical Park in the town of Stillwater.
Selig will talk about how 18th century armies in North America dealt with the corpses of their dead comrades after battles and what happened to their remains.
Selig is a historical consultant for the Washington-Rochambeau Trail, named for Gen. George Washington and the French general who led his troops on a march from Newport, Rhode Island, to Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781.