Deadly Grapes in Illinois: An Ammunition Type

Robert N. Hickson

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The article reports on the discovery of a rusted cluster of small steel balls at Fort Johnson/Cantonment Davis in Illinois. It consists of four steel balls fused together through rust in a stacked configuration which was part of a larger grouping that comprise a single War of 1812 era grapeshot artillery projectile variety. The ammunition was especially effective over closely grouped troops or infantry confined to a deck of a boat.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5--6
JournalIllinois Antiquity
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016


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