By Ashley Perry, VCU student intern with the Virtual Curation Laboratory.
Today’s animation is of a slightly deformed .75 caliber musket ball from a Battle of Bladensburg site (18PR) in Maryland. It was scanned by VCU student intern Bridget Polk on February 6, 2014. It is one of a few .75 caliber musket balls in the Bladensburg Battlefield collection, which were possibly fired from the British Land Pattern Musket 3rd Model (Indian Pattern), also referred to as the “Brown Bess,” or the Royal Navy Sea Service Musket (1778 Model). Both firearms were issued to the British during the War of 1812 and it is likely they would have been present at the Battle of Bladensburg which occurred on August 24, 1814.