Musket and pistol balls (9) excavated at Fort Washington

Object Number: 
INV.6200.138-146
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
largest: 5/8 in. ( 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Musket or pistol balls; eight large and one small ball.
Gallery Label: 
These bullets were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit outside the south ramparts of Fort Washington. Built by the Continental Army in the summer of 1776, the fort extended west along 183rd Street from Fort Washington Avenue to Pinehurst Avenue. The fort was captured on November 16, 1776 by British and Hessian forces, and was occupied by them until 1783. The small ball was used for a pistol.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group