Swivel Shot Found at Fort Necessity

The British forces carried several swivel guns overland on their march from Alexandria, Virginia to Fort Necessity. Swivel guns were small cannon that could be quickly manueuvered by hand and used to fire grape shot or other large balls at approaching troops.

British Broad Axe

This head of a British broad axe was excavated near Fort Necessity.

British Officer's Gorget

Date:
1750s

British officers wore gorgets such as this one under their chins for protection. This reproduction is on display at Fort Necessity National Battlefield.

Items Found at Fort Necessity

Date:
1750s

Among the items found during excavations in 1953 included: (left to right in top row) a spear point, silver spoon and a pipe stem fragment, and (left to right in bottom row) a wine bottle fragment, tea pot lid, and ink well.