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Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
1. Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution Marker
The depictions of the various examples of round shot are actual size.
Inscription.  Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution

SOLID OR BALL SHOT
was the most typical round. The calibre is the bore diameter which corresponds to the weight of the projectile as shown here.
1.5 inch – 2 pounder
2.9 inch – 3 pounder
4.2 inch – 6 pounder
4.6 inch – 12 pounder
5.8 inch – 24 pounder
8 inch – 46 pounder howitzer
10 inch - 93 pounder mortar
13 inch – 200 pounder mortar

GRAPE SHOT OR CANISTER SHOT
Multiple balls or pieces of stone or metal were packed in paper or cloth used to fire at a number of targets. This was perfected just after the American Revolution in 1784 by British Lieutenant Shrapnel.

CHAIN SHOT AND BAR SHOT
Split solid shot that were joined by a chain or bar which would spin out when fired cutting through sails, rope, rigging and anything in its path, ideal for disabling, but not sinking, ships.

BOMB
Solid shot was drilled and filled with gunpowder. A fuse would be lit just before firing causing the ball to explode after reaching the target.

 
Location.
Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution Marker site image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
2. Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution Marker site
The marker is within the Fort Putnam redoubt display.
40° 41.53′ N, 73° 58.475′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. The marker is near the Fort Greene Park Visitor Center in the Fort Putnam redoubt display. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Artillery of the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); What is a redoubt anyway? (here, next to this marker); African American Heroes of the American Revolution (here, next to this marker); Fort Greene Park (a few steps from this marker); Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Greene Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fowler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bldg 92 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
3. Inset
Grape or canister shot
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
4. Inset
Chain and bar shot
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By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
5. Inset
Bomb
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 21, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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