Musket flints (2) excavated at West Point
largest: 1 1/2 x 1 x 3/8 in. ( 3.8 x 2.5 x 1 cm )
Musket flints sheathed with lead excavated at West Point.
These flints were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at West Point, a series of barracks and forts built in Orange County, New York by the Continental Army. West Point was built to establish American control of the Hudson River, and to guard the Hudson Highlands from an attack by the British Army stationed in New York City. The practice of sheathing gunflints with lead was common among American forces.
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