by Anita Stratos
Monmouth County, NJ - On February 7, 1999, paranormal investigator Jane Doherty once again
used her incredible gift to help archaeologists put history together.
The request was made by Dan Sivilich, an expert in the Battle of Monmouth.
Sivilich, along with a group of archaeologists and metal detectors, has
been excavating the enormous battle site in Freehold, NJ for approximately
20 years. He and his group are responsible for unearthing thousands of
artifacts from the battle, donating many items to museums, and helping
to preserve an important piece of American history.
At this point Jane felt a strong pull to walk down a slope into an area
north of the first site. Upon arriving at the location, she said it was
a significant area for bodies and a battle. She also saw campfires in
that area, and urged Sivilich to excavate there. Sivilich then brought
her to a third area in a southerly direction, where Jane felt the presence
of a farm cart or wagon. She also felt there was a piece of a weapon,
neither American nor British in origin, and possibly from a different
The phrase "spoils of the war" also came to her. In a fourth
area to the west, Jane saw heavy fighting with bayonets. She saw soldiers
charging with the bayonets rather than firing guns, and said that at some
point during an excavation sounds of screams while charging and/or cannons
firing will be heard. Jane mentioned that in the last portion of her drive
to the nature center, as she drove along the road, her stomach suddenly
extended, and she felt as if a large group was crossing the roadway. Sivilich
drove Jane to the area, where she again felt heavy troop movement crossing
the road. This was in the Belleterre section.
Sivilich then drove everyone
to the Parsonage. Jane's first impression was that of a small walking
bridge crossing a watery area. She then saw what she described as an outdoor
fire with a kettle over it, and people huddled together. After a few moments
she felt there was an "element of surprise" linked to the area, "as though
the British were taken by surprise." She felt they were "reposed and scrambling
to jump up as if people were asleep" when a sudden attack came. She also
felt there were cannons in the area, and that there was a significant
area to the southwest of the field where she stood. She saw soldiers wearing
uniforms with "Tails," and definite troop movement.
To the northeast she
felt there is a buried building foundation, with another structure having
been to the left of it, and the possibility of bodies buried in the general
area. Moving next to the Hedgerow area, she felt there were supplies kept
in the vicinity, as if it were a place where supplies were being replenished.
She also felt there had been a structure in the area. Jane then sensed
troop movement in the open field area heading west, and she said there
are artifacts to be uncovered in the field area and orchard there. She
felt heavy fighting due west.
It was not until Jane had completed her investigation in each area that
Sivilich revealed what he knew from the historical evidence that has been
recovered thus far. As to the first area in the open field well behind
the nature center, Sivilich said he had good reason to believe there was
a mass burial in the vicinity, due to the fact that a particularly brutal
skirmish had taken place there. Not only did Jane pick up on the skirmish
and the mass burial, but she pinpointed the spot where she believes the
bodies are buried.
An excavation of that site is planned for the near
future. In addition, he stated that there was an Indian camp where Jane
said she saw images of Indians and teepees, but that only three people
in the state of New Jersey know about that site. In addition, the large
high hat Jane saw a soldier wearing was a type that was known to belong
to British soldiers.
The cannons that Jane detected were indeed used in
that battle, but Sivilich was particularly shocked by her impression that
rifles and bayonets were used, because most people assume muskets were
the weapon of choice, and most did not know about bayonets The Americans
did win that battle, which corroborated her vision of the American flag
being raised in victory.
The second area to the north is now also marked
for excavation upon Jane's recommendation, and Sivilich confirmed that
the area could very possibly have been used for campsites. In the third
area due south, Jane had detected a piece of a weapon that was neither
American nor British. Sivilich said Germans did move through that area,
so there is the possibility of that weapon being retrieved.The fourth
area due west was the site of an intense battle using bayonets and cannons,
and Sivilich confirmed the fact that troops would let out bloodcurdling
screams when charging, as Jane had "heard."
In the Belleterre area where
Jane detected heavy troop movement while driving in her car and again
later, Sivilich confirmed that that was exactly what had taken place in
that spot. He stated that Jane was right on the money "to the inch." In
the field where the Parsonage once stood, Sivilich said there was a good
possibility that a small walking bridge did exist at one time, because
the area was swampy and impassable without a bridge. He was once again
struck by the fact that she had a vision of an outdoor fire with a kettle
over it, because he had already found the kettle buried on that site.
He also said that the "element of surprise" upon British troops that
Jane felt was very recently confirmed by artifacts found in the area.
Recent findings indicate that American troops had been able to sneak their
way through the area and launch a surprise attack on the British. Sivilich
also said he had excavated a cannonball exactly in the area where Jane
said there had been cannons. To the southwest where Jane said she saw
images of soldiers with "tails," Sivilich said uniforms with tail coats
were typically worn by the British troops there.
The area in the distance
that she pinpointed as "significant" was the site of Camp Vredenberg,
an extremely significant site to the Battle of Monmouth. The final site,
the Hedgerow, where Jane felt a supply building may have been located,
has not yet been fully excavated. However, the few items that were found
seem to be metal pieces from a door, therefore the possibility of a supply
shed will be further investigated.
The area to the west of the open field
and orchard where Jane felt there had been heavy fighting was also confirmed
by Sivilich, as it was a spot where American troops had drawn the British
out into the open, and a heavy battle ensued. That area is now also slated
for further excavation. Mr. Sivilich was truly awestruck by Jane's abilities
and revelations. Once again, she refused to accept any monetary compensation
for her hours of work on this project. She will be kept apprised as to
the findings made pursuant to her investigation, and Mr. Sivilich is interested
in having her revisit the area for further help in other sections of the
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Jane turns with a surprised look on her face-feeling.
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