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Large Artillery Rosette, recovered at Petersburg

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This is a Civil War rosette which would adorn the sides of a horse bridle. This large brass rosette has an approximate diameter of 2"”. This type of rosette is often referred to as a “Bullseye” rosette because of its shape and is often associated with the artillery. This example would have had a lead back with an attachment device and there is still remnants of the lead on the reverse. It was recovered at the Petersburg, Virginia Battlefield.

Marching from Cold Harbor, Meade's Army of the Potomac crossed the James River on transports and a 2,200-foot long pontoon bridge at Windmill Point. General Butler with the XVIII Corps crossed the Appomattox River and attacked the Petersburg defenses on June 15, 1864. The 5,400 defenders of Petersburg under command of General P.G.T. Beauregard were driven from their first line of entrenchments back to Harrison Creek. On June 16, the II Corps captured another section of the Confederate line and gained more ground.

Beauregard brought in troops from Bermuda Hundred to defend the city and Lee rushed reinforcements to Petersburg from the Army of Northern Virginia. Three Union Corps attacked on June 18 but were repulsed with heavy casualties. By now the Confederate works were heavily manned and the greatest opportunity to capture Petersburg without a siege was lost. The long siege of Petersburg began.

These types of rosettes are well documented in Civil War relic books. I have one pictured in my book Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs. The example offered here is just how it was dug and still has much of the dirt remaining. It is in very nice condition with a beautiful aged patina to the brass. 

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