Making do

During the American Revolution at the Siege of Boston —as winter approached— the Americans were so short on gunpowder that soldiers were given spears to fight with in the event of a British attack.

The siege began on April 19 after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, when the militia from surrounding Massachusetts communities blocked land access to Boston. The Continental Congress formed the Continental Army from the militia, with George Washington as its Commander in Chief.