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Civil War Iron Stirrup recovered at Fredericksburg Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War iron stirrup. It measures 5 ¼” x 4 ½”. It was recovered years ago from the Fredericksburg, VA Battlefield.

On November 14, 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside sent a corps to occupy the vicinity of Falmouth near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lee reacted by entrenching his army on the heights behind the town. On December 13, after pontoon bridges were laid, Union forces crossed the Rappahannock River under fire.

Burnside mounted a series of futile frontal assaults on Prospect Hill and Marye's Heights that resulted in staggering casualties. On December 15, Burnside called off the offensive and recrossed the river, ending the failed campaign.

This stirrup is not a regulation stirrup and would be more associated with Confederate use. It has been lightly coated and there is no chipping or flaking. It has some surface rust from being in the ground, but overall a very solid piece and ready for display.

In “Horse Equipment of the Civil War Era”, by Howard Crouch, there is an example of this stirrup (see pictures). He states that these punched-through stirrups were of the era and some undoubtedly Confederate. Not a Federal regulation stirrup, it probably leans more towards being Confederate. Although there is overall surface rust, it is not flaking or chipping – a coat of varnish was applied at one time for preservation.

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