Framed set of musket balls (23)
Overall: 1 1/2 x 7/8 in. ( 3.8 x 2.2 cm )
Lead musket balls; one has been cut in half; another has been cut into quarters; four have hollow centers; six musket balls have a hole pierced through the center: three of these are flat and disk-shaped; one musket ball has an iron nail driven through it; the other musket balls have many small surface indentations.
These musket balls were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Revolutionary War sites in New York City. The bullet driven through with a nail was found with British military buttons in a refuse pit near a camp at 213th Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan. The halved and quartered bullets were also made by soldiers, and were designed to come apart after firing.
Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
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