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From These Honored DeadHistorical Archaeology of the American Civil War$
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Clarence R. Geier, Douglas D. Scott, and Lawrence E. Babits

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049441

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049441.001.0001

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Addressing the Myths

Addressing the Myths

Recent Civil War Studies at the Blountville, Tennessee, and Resaca, Georgia, Battlefields

(p.247) 16 Addressing the Myths
From These Honored Dead

Christopher T. Espenshade

University Press of Florida

Two recent Civil War studies underline the importance of appropriate research and analytical methods in debunking persistent myths. The first example includes the KOCOA analysis of the Blountville battlefield, in which historical accounts, collector interviews, and limited fieldwork led to a significant reconsideration of battle events and a data-based questioning of locally held beliefs. At Resaca, Georgia, research was undertaken over a 37-acre area proposed for the access drive and visitor center for a state battlefield park. The agricultural fields in question were bordered by Interstate 75, and there were indications that the area had undergone extensive relic-hunter activity for more than 30 years. This project addresses the myth of the “hunted out” site.

Keywords:   KOCOA analysis, Blountville Battlefield, Resaca, Georgia, “hunted out” site, relic hunter, debunking, battlefield, myths, fieldwork

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