Lead fragment excavated at Revolutionary War barracks

Object Number: 
INV.6100.143
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 in. ( 3.2 cm )
Description: 
Lead fragment; flat rectangular strip.
Gallery Label: 
This fragment was excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others from a refuse deposit near military barracks that extended along Bennett Avenue between 181st and 182nd Streets. The barracks were built after the surrender of Fort Washington on November 16, 1776, and were occupied by the British and Hessian garrisons of the fort until evacuation in 1783. The fragment may have been part of a lead sheath that a soldier wrapped around a musket flint.
Credit Line: 
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