Request for Proposals
Military History Consultant for
Battle of the Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp, July 13-14, 1637
GRANT AGREEMENT No. GA-2287-15-008
The Fairfield Museum and History Center (FMHC), is accepting proposals for a Military History Consultant to conduct a pre-inventory research and documentation project to identify the probable locations of the engagements and ancillary sites related to the Battle of the Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp (July 13-14, 1637), the last major battle of the Pequot War (1636-1637) in the present-day Southport section of Fairfield, Connecticut. This archeological research design is a first step towards an initial baseline cultural research study of the battlefield. FMHC will hire a Military History Consultant (Historian) to work with FMHC staff, GIS Consultant, Research Consultant, and Archeologist to undertake this project.
The objectives of the Battle of the Pequot (Munnacommock) Swamp project are to: 1) identify and document the Pequot Swamp battlefield and routes of approach, attack, and withdrawal by the English and Native combatants; 2) identify Study and Core Areas of the battlefield according to NPS ABPP guidelines; 3) Communicate with and inform the general public and landowners about the project and hold three (3) public informational meetings; 4) include the local community in the research process and encourage active participation in the planning process; 5) obtain landholder permissions to conduct fieldwork in Core Areas of the battlefield; 5) gather primary source information (including battle narratives, maps, and various military resources); 6) integrate battlefield information into a GIS format; 7) use information collected from historical research and GIS survey to draft a technical report.
As two significant goals of this project are to increase public awareness of the Battle of the Pequot Swamp and to build a local consensus regarding long-term preservation of the site, public engagement will be central to the project