By Ashley Perry, Student Intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.
Today’s animation is a .44 caliber bullet recovered from the Bladensburg Battlefield site (51NE44) in Washington, D.C. It was scanned in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Student Intern Ashley Perry on January 20th, 2014. The .44 was a popular caliber for many revolvers during the 1800’s, especially during the Civil War with the Colt Army Model 1860 becoming immensely popular with troops on both sides of the war. Approximately 200,000 of these revolvers were produced between the years of 1860 and 1873, over half of those being manufactured for the U.S. government. Though it is difficult to make any determinations based on the sparse information we have, it is possible that this bullet was fired from such a revolver, (or possibly one of the few rifles that employed use of the .44 caliber, such as the infamous Henry Rifle), at Fort Lincoln, the Civil War site that overlaps spatially with the Bladensburg Battlefield site. However, there were pistols of a similar caliber used during the War of 1812, such as the A. B. Weston Turn Barrel flintlock pistol, so that is also a possibility.