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Musket balls (18) excavated at a British Revolutionary War camp

Object Number: 
INV.5924.559-576
Date: 
1760-1783
Medium: 
Lead
Dimensions: 
largest: 5/8 in. ( 1.6 cm )
Description: 
Lead musket balls excavated at the British military camp on the Dyckman farm in Washington Heights, Manhattan; one slightly flattened; two have small indentations.
Gallery Label: 
These musket balls were found in 1892 by A.C. Chenowith on Seaman Avenue at the British camp on the Dyckman farm, which extended between Seaman and Payson Avenues and 204th Street, in Washington Heights. Two of the musket balls are marked with indentations that may be the toothmarks of soldiers. Soldiers would often chew musket balls as they were being whipped to allieve pain.
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