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Object Name: Bar shot
Date: 1760-1783
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Medium: Iron
Dimensions: Overall: 22 1/2 x 6 in. ( 57.2 x 15.2 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
or: Europe, England
Description: Iron bar shot; two large half-circles connected by rectangular bar.
Object Number: INV.5924.638
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This bar shot was excavated by Reginald P. Bolton and others from the fireplace of a hut in a military camp, at 204th Street between Seaman and Payson Avenues in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Built after the surrender of Fort Washington by American forces on November 16, 1776, the camp was occupied by British and Hessian troops until evacuation in 1783. The bar shot, which expanded when fired from a cannon, may have been used as a firedog.