Human blood has been found on shrapnel discovered on a Revolutionary War battlefield in New Jersey.

Amateur archeologists in Freehold Township found the canister shot used by the Continental Army against British troops during the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778. They sent the lead to Colorado for testing.

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Dan Sivilich tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) he believes this is the only piece of Revolutionary War canister shot ever found that's been positively tested for human blood. Based on where it was found, he believes it was fired by Pennsylvania artillery into the British 42nd Regiment.

George Washington attacked the British during the battle, which ended in a draw. The British were able to march toward New York while the Americans held the field.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press,

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