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  • Battle of Brandy Station

"Struck" Union Belt Plate, recovered at Brandy Station (ON HOLD,BS)

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Product Description

This is another nice piece being offered, it is a U.S. Belt Plate. What is truly unique about this plate is that the bottom portion took a blow causing the rim to curl upwards from the rear of the plate. The back of the plate has the full lead and all three attachment hooks. It is the early style having the “puppy paw” studs on the reverse. It was recovered in the late 1990s at the Brandy Station, Virginia Battlefield.

The Battle of Brandy Station was the largest predominantly cavalry engagement of the Civil War, as well as the largest ever to take place on American soil. It was fought on June 9, 1863, around Brandy Station, Virginia, at the beginning of the Gettysburg Campaign. The Union cavalry under Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton went up against Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry.

Pleasonton launched a surprise dawn attack on Stuart an after an all-day fight in which fortunes changed repeatedly, the Federals retired without discovering Gen. Robert E. Lee's infantry camped near Culpeper. This battle marked the end of the Confederate cavalry's dominance in the East. From this point in the war, the Federal cavalry gained strength and confidence.

This plate has everything going for it, a beautiful patina and features on the front, full lead, all the hooks and on top of that, it was struck. Originally it was acquired from Plez Bagby in 2010 (original description included). It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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