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Civil War "US" Belt Plate, dug Stones River, TN (SOLD)

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I recently acquired a collection which included many artifacts that were recovered from the Murfreesboro (Stones River, Tennessee) Battlefield (see period image). The item offered here is a Federal belt plate. The buckle depicts "US", and was used by the Union army throughout the war.

The buckle is oval following the Federal Regulation of 1839, and was designed to secure a belt fitted over a soldier's jacket, used to carry his cartridge and cap box, along with any other items carried on a belt. Most of these larger sized plates were manufactured from the 1850's through the end of the Civil War. The majority of dug plates are missing a part of the hooks on the reverse; this one is complete with the arrow hooks intact.

The Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River) was fought from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863, in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater. Of the major battles of the Civil War, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides. Although the battle itself was inconclusive, the Union Army's repulse of two Confederate attacks and the subsequent Confederate withdrawal were a much-needed boost to Union morale after the defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg, and it dashed Confederate aspirations for control of Middle Tennessee.

This belt plate is a real beauty, just the type collectors seek out – very solid, complete and an untouched greenish patina. It comes in the glass top display case pictured. (SOLD)

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