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Civil War Soldier’s Iron Stirrup, possible CS

$60.00

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War iron stirrup. It measures 5 ½” high and is 5” wide. It is crudely made, which is indicative of Southern manufactured. It was recovered at King & Queen Court House, Virginia.

The courthouse itself dates from circa 1750. Federal troops burned the building on March 10, 1864, but it was repaired and is still in service. On June 20, 1863, scouts of Confederate Brigadier General Montgomery Dent Corse reported a raiding party, 300 strong, burning and destroying the community.

The Battle of Walkerton occurred March 2, 1864, in Walkerton, King and Queen County, during the campaign known as the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid or the Dahlgren Affair. When Kilpatrick reached Richmond on March 1, Colonel Ulric Dahlgren had not yet arrived. Kilpatrick had to withdraw because he was under pursuit by Confederate cavalry, led by Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton. Hampton caught up with Kilpatrick near Old Church on March 2, but the Federals were able to take refuge with elements of Butler's command.

The campaign started with Brig. Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick leaving Stevensburg on February 28 with 4,000 men, intending to raid Richmond. The force rode along the Virginia Central Railroad tearing up track, while an advance force was sent south along the James River. The plan was that the advance force, led by Col. Ulric Dahlgren, son of Rear Admiral John Dahlgren, should penetrate Richmond's defenses from the rear, and release prisoners at Belle Isle. Yet, when Kilpatrick reached Richmond on March 1, Dahlgren had not yet arrived. Kilpatrick had to withdraw because he was under pursuit by Confederate cavalry, led by Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton. Hampton caught up with Kilpatrick near Old Church on March 2, but the Federals were able to take refuge with elements of Butler's command at New Kent Court House.

Meanwhile, Dahlgren had found himself unable to penetrate Richmond's defenses, and tried to escape northwards. The group became separated, and on March 2, Dahlgren, along with about 100 men, was ambushed by a detachment of the 9th Virginia Cavalry and Home Guards in King and Queen County near Walkerton. Dahlgren was killed and most of the men were captured.

This stirrup is in very nice condition, no chipping or flaking, and a light coat of varnish has been applied for preservation. This stirrup probably belonged to one of General Wade Hampton’s Cavalry.

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