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Dug Lock plate from a Civil War Officer’s Trunk, with military motif

$55.00

Product Description

This is another interesting piece being offered, it is an excavated brass lockplate from an officer’s trunk. It measures 5 ½” x 3 ½” and the keyhole cover has a spread-wing eagle. The locking mechanism on the back of the plate is rusted. This lockplate was excavated at the Sailor’s Creek Battlefield, Virginia Battlefield.

It was part of a large dug collection from a long-time relic hunter who searched primarily in the Sailor’s Creek Virginia area in the late 1960s into the mid-1970s.This battle took place when General Robert E. Lee's army was retreating from Richmond to Petersburg. Here, on April 6, 1865, Union General Philip Sheridan cut off and beat back about a quarter of Lee's army.

Eight Confederate generals surrendered, and 7,700 men were lost. Confederate General George Washington Custis Lee, eldest son of Robert E. Lee, was also captured on the battlefield. This was the last major engagement of the war in Virginia; Lee's surrender at Appomattox occurred three days later.

These trunk lock plates are a common find at Civil War sites. When on the move, quite often officer’s trunks were too cumbersome to continue with and were just left behind. In “Civil War Artifacts – A Guide for the Historian”, by Howard Crouch, there are similar examples (see pictures). This trunk lockplate remains just as it came out of the ground. It is in solid condition and would make a great addition to any Civil War collection.

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