Iron plates (2) excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

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largest: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. ( 8.9 x 6.4 cm )
Iron plates; rectangular with large, circular keyhole in center.
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These plates were excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others before the formation of the Field Exploration Committee at a sanitary camp that extended east of Broadway, between 196th and Ellwood Streets. The camp was built in the summer of 1779 to quarantine British and Hessian soldiers infected with a fever that was sweeping through the military camps in Washington Heights. The plates may have been mounted on gun racks or on supply chests.
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Gift of the Washington Headquarters Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1947
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group