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Complete Lockplate with hammer from the Wilderness Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is an excavated Civil War musket lockplate. It is for a US Model 1861 Special musket. It is complete with both the lockplate and hammer, and it is in the cocked position. This was recovered many years ago at the Wilderness, Virginia.

The Battle of the Wilderness was fought May 5–7, 1864. It was the first battle of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, an indication of a bloody war of attrition by Grant against Lee's army and, eventually, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive.

The entire piece has been coated for preservation and remains in very solid condition. The thick woods of the Wilderness caught on fire, and this may be a surviving metal piece from the flames. It is a real nice relic from an important Civil War battle.

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