Douglas Mangum, Principal Investigator, Historian and GIS Manager at Moore Archeological Consulting, Inc. in Houston will be the speaker for the Tuesday, May 14, meeting of the Fort Bend Archeological Society. Mangum’s topic will be Canister and Grape: Artillery Related Artifacts from the San Jacinto Battleground. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the main floor meeting room at the George Memorial Library and is free of charge and open to the public.
Over the last ten years of archeological investigations in and around the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Moore Archeological Consulting, Inc. has recovered more than fourteen hundred artifacts associated with the battle. Of these, 21 have been identified as being directly related to the canister munitions used by the artillery of both sides during the fighting, including from the Twin Sisters. This collection consists of three groups of items; three iron canister plates, seven cuprous canister shot, as well as ten small trapezoidal shaped pieces of lead referred to as “ingots”, and one mass of lead ingots partially fused together.
These artifacts and analysis of their locations, combined with historical research have answered, or at least suggested answers to, some questions regarding the artillery at the Battle of San Jacinto. The analysis and research have also indicated differences in the way in which the two sides deployed their artillery, implying that these differences in the use of projective force influenced the outcome of this battle. This presentation will discuss these artifacts and the results of the analysis (which can also be found in a chapter of the upcoming Texas A&M Press book American Conflict, American Revolution: The Archaeology of Engagement).
Douglas G. Mangum graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in archeology in 1994 and received a M.A. in History from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2010. He worked for the U. S. Forest Service before joining the staff at Moore Archeological Consulting where he is a Principal Investigator as well as Historian and GIS Manager and co-manages the fieldwork the firm has conducted in and around the San Jacinto Battleground.
For more information about this program contact FBAS member Linda Gorski at firstname.lastname@example.org.