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Unknown Proof of Powder, tried on the Plan at West Point in June & July 1780, with a 5 ½ Inch Royal and a 24 Pound Ball

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00832 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: West Point, New York Type: Manuscript document Date: July 1780 Pagination: 2 p. : docket ; 32.7 x 21.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Lists amount of powder used and the range of the ball in feet and yards when shot.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarContinental ArmyMilitary HistoryWest Point (US Military Academy)ArtilleryAmmunition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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