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Eagle Breast Plate from the “Bloody Angle” at Spotsylvania in 1974, great provenance (ON HOLD,D)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Union Civil War Eagle Breast Plate. These plates depicted the Federal Eagle on the brass front and the backs were lead-filled with attachment hooks. Being excavated, the metal hooks are long gone, but most of the lead still remains. They would be worn on the leather strap of the cartridge box. It was dug in 1974 at the “Bloody Angle”, Spotsylvania Virginia Battlefield.

After the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864, Grant’s and Meade’s advance on Richmond by the left flank was stalled at Spotsylvania Court House on May 8. This two-week battle was a series of combats along the Spotsylvania front. The Union attack against the “Bloody Angle” at dawn, May 12-13, captured nearly a division of Lee’s army and came near to cutting the Confederate army in half. Confederate counterattacks plugged the gap and fighting continued unabated for nearly 20 hours in what may well have been the most ferociously sustained combat of the Civil War.

Actually, a bullet-riddled stump of a once-mighty oak tree at the Angle became a symbol of the conflict. It is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC (see pictures). There is actually a book out on that tree titled “The Spotsylvania Stump”. Over twenty five years ago, I was fortunate to acquire an almost identical tree stump, also from the Angle; it too has quite a few bullets embedded in it (see pictures).

Any relic from this area of the Spotsylvania Battlefield has always been highly desired. This plate is in nice condition and comes in the glass top display case pictured. This is a great piece of history from a brutal Civil War battle.

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