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The British retreat: facts and artifacts

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David Boulden says his work was inspired by a program at the Mount Laurel Historical Society in 2020.

Facts and Artifacts, a compelling program about the British retreat during the Revolution, opens the New Jersey History Speaks Lecture Series of the Historical Society of Moorestown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Moorestown library.

Local historian and independent researcher David Boulden will discuss his findings about the British retreat through New Jersey from Philadelphia in 1778.

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Inspired by a presentation he heard at the Mount Laurel Historical Society in 2020, Boulden embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Suspicious of some of the widely held beliefs about the British retreat, he put his mind and muscle to delving deeper into long held theories.

Boulden did not confine his research to books, museums and libraries. With a goal of confirming or challenging the conventional wisdom about the retreat, Boulden instead used a hand-held metal detector across Camden and Burlington counties, following the trail believed to have been taken by the British.

From August 2020 to April 2022, Boulden walked thousands of miles, dug countless holes, spent more than 1,700 hours in the field and collected more than 2,500 pounds of items.

His presentation is free. To register, visit https://moorestownlibrary.libcal.com/event/10538309. For more information, contact moorestownhistory@comcast.net.


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