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  • Cold Harbor Battlefield

Near perfect "US"Belt Plate dug at Cold Harbor, VA


Product Description

This is another great piece being offered, it is a Union “US” Belt Plate. The brass face has a very clear “US” and the back has the full lead and early “puppy paw” studs with the hook present. It was recovered many years ago from the Cold Harbor, VA battlefield.

Shortly after the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia, both armies were again on the battlefield of Cold Harbor, forming a seven-mile front that extended from Bethesda Church to the Chickahominy River. At dawn June 3, 1864, the Union II and XVIII Corps, followed later by the IX Corps, attacked the entrenched Confederates, only to be slaughtered at all points. General Grant would later comment in his memoirs, that this was the only attack he wished he had never ordered. This was a devastating loss for the Union, with 13,000 casualties compared to the 2,500 suffered by the Confederates.

Over the years I handled many of these plates, but this one is about as nice as you can find in a dug plate, having a gorgeous untouched patina. Many years ago, this plate was offered in the HS catalog (original tag remains). It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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$7.50 (Fixed shipping cost)