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  • "Battle of Gettysburg - The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs"
  • East Cavalry Field
  • East Cavalry Field

Cavalry buckles found on East Cavalry Field, Gettysburg


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These are some nice pieces being offered, they are buckles off of a Civil War cavalryman’s horse equipment. The larger one measures 2” x 1 ½”, and the smaller one is 1 ½” x 1 ¼”. They were recovered years ago from the East Cavalry Field battlefield at Gettysburg.

While infantry fighting resumed on the morning of July 3, two brigades of Union cavalry under General David M. Gregg picketed the intersection of the Hanover and Low Dutch roads three miles in the rear of the Union army. A third brigade of Michigan cavalry under General George Custer was close at hand and supported Gregg’s troopers. Control of both roads would be essential if the Union army were forced to withdraw from their positions around Gettysburg.

Artillery shells signaled the opening of a Confederate attack followed by dismounted fighting on the farm of John Rummell. Three brigades of Confederate horsemen under General Jeb Stuart, who had arrived on the battlefield the evening before, launched a series of mounted charges, each of which was repulsed by a countercharge from the Federals. After suffering heavy losses, Stuart withdrew. The Union rear was secure.

These buckles are typical of what would adorn the horses of both Union and Confederate cavalrymen. In my book “Battle of Gettysburg – The Relics, Artifacts & Souvenirs”, I show similar battlefield recovered horse equipment (see pictures). This would not be something that just fell off, but no doubt the result of heavy fighting. They are just as they came out of the ground, having overall rust, but they are not flaking and solid – they could be coated with a varnish if desired. They come in the glass top display case pictured.

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