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Very Rare! Revolutionary War Shoulder Belt Plate, dug SC

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Being offered is a very rare 1700's Shoulder Belt Plate with hooks. It is made of solid brass and measures 2 ½” x 2”. The reverse has the remnants of six attachment hooks (one complete). There is an example of this rare plate in “Civil War Artifacts – A Guide for the Historian”, by Howard Crouch (see pictures). The origins of this plate probably date back to the Revolutionary War. It was found at Edisto Island, South Carolina.

Edisto Island was the location of a number of minor Civil War engagements and for a time, a large colony of escaped former slaves. Edisto Island was largely abandoned by planters in November 1861 and escaped slaves began setting up their own refugee camps there. In January 1862, armed African Americans from the island and Confederate forces clashed and a Confederate raid in reprisal killed a small number of unarmed African Americans.

In February, Union forces were stationed on the island to develop it as a staging area for future campaigns against Charleston, twenty-five miles away, as well as to protect the colony, which would eventually number thousands of African Americans. As Union forces took control of the island, a number of skirmishes occurred, but Confederates withdrew. In June, most of the Union troops left the island in a campaign, which culminated in the Battle of Secessionville. In July, the remaining troops withdrew, and the colony was removed to St. Helena Island. For the rest of the war, a small number of escaped slaves and plantation owners remained and farmed the island, but it was largely abandoned. Near the end of the war, the island was again used as a location of colonies of freed slaves.

This plate remains as dug with a great aged patina to the brass. Whether the front of the plate had any engraving is hard to determine at this point – if so it was probably worn off. Was it worn by a Revolutionary War soldier or a Civil War soldier, no one will ever know. As I said, this is a rare plate and the only one I have encountered in the past 25+ years. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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