Grapeshot (2) excavated at Fort Washington

Object Number: 
INV.6200.220-221
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
largest: 1 5/8 in. ( 4.1 cm )
Description: 
Iron grapeshot; large shot.
Gallery Label: 
This grapeshot was excavated in 1922 by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse deposit in a moat 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 grapeshot may have been fired at the fort, or it may have been thrown away afterwards.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group