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U.S. Cartridge Box Plate from Wilderness Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is another great piece being offered, it is a U.S. Cartridge Box plate. What makes this place special is that it was once part of the Francis Lord collection, author of The Civil War Collector’s Encyclopedia. It was dug years ago at the Wilderness Battlefield and marked as such on the front of the plate. As you can see from the condition of this plate, it was obviously in or near the raging fires of the Wilderness – part of the lead on the back has melted away.

The Battle of the Wilderness marked the first stage of a major Union offensive toward the Confederate capital of Richmond, ordered by General Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1864. As the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River on May 4, General Robert E. Lee determined that his Army of Northern Virginia would confront the enemy in the dense Virginia woods known as the Wilderness.

Familiar terrain for the rebels, the heavy woods and dense undergrowth also negated the Union’s numerical advantage–115,000 to 65,000–by making it nearly impossible for a large army to make an orderly advance. Much of this undergrowth caught fire with devastating results on the wounded who could not remove themselves from the flames.

Two days of bloody and often chaotic combat followed, ending in a tactical draw and heavy casualties, especially on the Union side. Grant refused to retreat, however, and instead ordered his battered troops to continued southward in what would be a long and costly–but ultimately successful–campaign.

This is truly a great piece and was once part of the collection of the pioneer of Civil War collecting. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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