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The Assassination of President Lincoln, at Ford's Theater, Washington D.C. April 14th 1865
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Iron point; large, leaf-shaped blade extending from hollow, cylindrical socket.
This object was excavated by the Field Exploration Committee at Fort Washington. Built by the Continental Army in the summer of 1776, the fort extended west along 183rd Street from Fort Washington Avenue to Pinehurst Avenue. The fort was captured on November 16, 1776 by British and Hessian forces, and was occupied by them until 1783. The object was the point of a lance or pike, and its crude make indicates that it may have been fashioned by a British or Hessian soldier stationed at the fort.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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