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New Englander Abel Scott of Whately, Massachusetts, served in five military campaigns during the Revolutionary War, first marching from home the day after the battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. Scott, or a fellow soldier, engraved this detailed view of British-occupied Boston as British and New England forces eyed one another across the fortifications and harbor encircling the town. British troops and Loyalist refugees were forced to evacuate Boston after American troops constructed fortifications and placed artillery on Dorchester Heights on the night of March 4, 1776.

Object Details

  • Powder Horn
    Dorchester, Massachusetts
    December 26, 1775
    Horn (cow), Leather, Iron, Wood (pine)
    Museum of the American Revolution


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Philadelphia Powder Horn

This decoratively engraved powder horn includes a view of Philadelphia’s busy waterfront on the eve of the American Revolution.
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William Waller's Powder Horn

This powder horn was carried by Virginia rifleman William Waller and is etched with the slogan "LIBERTY or DEATH."
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This image shows the powder horn of Peter Perit. The horn has illustrations of a king and his horse, as well as a violinist and two figures dancing.

Peter Perit’s Powder Horn

Captain Peter Perit used this powder horn, featuring decorations that include the lion and unicorn from the British Royal Coat of Arms, at the Siege of Boston in 1775.
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