Animation of the Day: Deformed Musket Ball from Bladensburg Battlefield

By Ashley Perry, Intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.


Today’s Animation is a deformed musket ball recovered from the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. and scanned on January 29th, 2014 by Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers in the Virtual Curation Laboratory. The musket, or more specifically the flintlock, became an increasingly  popular weapon for the military (and general population) in the early 1800’s because of the increase in manufacturing efficiency and uniformity that interchangeable parts provided. Musket balls were commonly made of lead, which is a soft metal and therefore deformed somewhat when being fired and upon contact.


Categories: 19th century, Animation of the day, arms and armament, Battle of Bladensburg, Gallery | Leave a comment

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