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  • New Kent, 1864

Compete Civil War Padlock, dug Peninsula Campaign

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a complete excavated Civil War Padlock. It is made of iron and measures 3 ½” x 2 ½” and has a sliding brass keyhole cover (fly) with an embossed crown. As with many of these locks, the crown indicates that these are British imports. Examples are in “Civil War Artifacts – A Guide for the Historian”, by Howard Crouch (see pictures). This lock was recovered at the site of a Union Camp in New Kent County, Virginia – part of the Peninsula Campaign.

Some of the fighting in New Kent county was the Battle of Eltham's Landing, also known as the Battle of Barhamsville, or West Point, took place on May 7, 1862. This area was located between Richmond and Williamsburg (see pictures). General William B. Franklin's Union division landed at Eltham's Landing and was attacked by two brigades of General G. W. Smith's command, reacting to the threat to the Confederate army's trains on the Barhamsville Road. Franklin's movement occurred while the Confederate army was withdrawing from the Williamsburg line, but he was unable to interfere with the Confederate movement.

These locks were common at Civil War sites and often used on ammunition chests. I’ve handled quite a few of these locks over the years, and most were in poor condition, this one remains very nice. A light coat of varnish has been applied for preservation.

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