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Buckle recovered at Devils Den, Gettysburg – Rosensteel collection


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This is another unique group being offered, they are original Civil War harness or accoutrement buckle. It measures 1 ¼” x 1 ¾”. It was recovered in Gettysburg during the early first half of the 20th century at “Devil’s Den”, Gettysburg. Previously it was part of the collection of Iva Rosensteel, sister of George Rosensteel (founder of the Gettysburg National Museum and the famous Electric Map).

The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that have ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections were acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

The area of the battlefield recovery was known as “The Valley of Death”. The official name of the creek running through the Valley of Death between Devils Den and Little Round Top is Plum Run, but it gained a second name after the slow stream ran red with the blood of fallen soldiers for a few hours in July 1863.

With the heavy rain on July 4th, 1863, it overflowed the banks and drowned some wounded men who had not been collected yet – reportedly all Confederates. The valley was littered with so many bodies that it was over a week after the battle ended before the fallen men could all be buried.

This Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance, but it was also found at one of the most famous locations on the battlefield. The buckle is exactly as it came out of the ground, never been cleaned or coated, but remains solid. It is difficult to find pieces such as this today with such a solid Gettysburg origin.

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