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Iron Musket Butt Plate found on the Antietam Battlefield


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This is another nice item being offered, it is the iron butt plate from a Civil War musket. It measures 4 ½” x 1 ¼”. The digger thought it was from a Merrill carbine, but I don’t think so. It may be from a carbine, but not sure what model. It was recovered from the Antietam Battlefield.

The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South, was fought on September 17, 1862. This was the first major battle in the Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing at 22,717.

Despite having superiority of numbers, McClellan's attacks failed to achieve force concentration, allowing General Lee to counter by shifting forces and moving interior lines to meet each challenge. Despite ample reserve forces that could have been deployed to exploit localized successes, McClellan failed to destroy Lee's army. McClellan had halted Lee's invasion of Maryland, but Lee was able to withdraw his army back to Virginia without interference from the cautious McClellan.

No doubt this is from a soldiers rifle who fought at this vicious battle. It would make a nice addition to any Civil War collection.

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