Peg from Leisler's Half Moon
Overall: 4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 10.2 x 3.8 cm )
hand written: on document: "PEG FROM/ FORTIFICATION/ KNOWN AS/ LEISLER'S/ HALF MOON, LOCATED FORMERLY/ AT BATTERY PARK/ CIRCA 1685"
Cylindrical wooden peg with document attached.
The document attached to this fragment indicates that it comes from "Leisler's Half Moon" (also known as Fort James), a fortification at the tip of Manhattan. Jacob Leisler helped to lead a colonial rebellion from 1689-1691 against the Catholic regime of James II of England. Leisler and his cohorts were virulently anti-Catholic and supported William of Orange in his claim to the English throne.
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