REVOLUTIONARY WAR MUSKET BALLS FROM FORT HILL, PEEKSKILL, NY

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Offered here are thirteen various pieces of lead round shot recovered from the Fort Hill area at Peekskill, New York. A few are shot, most are dropped. Three pieces are small .31” buckshot while the rest are musket balls.

All have nice white patina. Recovered by author/publisher Dean Thomas with his handwritten note included.

On March 23, 1777, five hundred British soldiers crossed the Hudson River and landed on the east side at Lent’s Cove. From there they marched north and upon reaching Peekskill, the British burned military supplies and destroyed quite a bit of property. At that time, Peekskill was being used by General Washington’s army as a location to store supplies. Learning of the British advance, the supplies were moved north to Fishkill. British artillery positioned on Drum Hill bombarded the redoubt on Fort Hill, and the retreating American forces burned the barracks that were in the redoubt. On March 24, the Continental soldiers regrouped on Oregon Road and Colonel Marinus Willett arrived with an additional 80 men. Two hundred British soldiers advanced, but a charge by the Continentals repelled the British.

A nice collection of bullets from Revolutionary War fighting at Peekskill.   [jet][ph:JET]

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