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Bar shot

Bar shot
Title
Bar shot
Date 
1775-1776
Medium 
Iron
Dimensions 
Overall: 14 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. ( 37.8 x 8.3 cm )
Description 
Iron bar shot; two large half-circles connected by a rectangular bar.
Object Number 
INV.5677.3
Gallery Label 
This bar shot was found at Fort Independence, at 235th Street in the Bronx, New York City. Built by the Continental Army in the summer of 1776, Fort Independence was part of a chain of eight American forts that commanded the northern approaches to Manhattan island. Abandoned in November, 1776 in the face of a coming assault, the fort was occupied by British and Hessian troops until 1779. The bar shot, which expanded when fired from a cannon, was probably abandoned by the retreating Americans.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group