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Original Civil War “US” Belt Plate, recovered at Culpeper, VA

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a Civil War “US” Belt Plate. On one side of the brass face of the plate is a little roughness to the rim. The reverse is complete with all of the lead and two arrow studs (one slightly bent) and the hook is also still in place. It was dug from the Culpeper Virginia Battlefield.

On September 12, 1863, the Army of the Potomac's 10,000-man Union cavalry corps, under General Alfred Pleasonton, left camp near Warrenton, Virginia and crossed the Rappahannock River, where various elements concentrated near the hamlet of Sulphur Springs. Their objective was to attack Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart's headquarters at Culpeper Court House, the seat of Culpeper County.

Advancing in three columns, the Union troopers drove off scattered Confederate pickets and skirmishers. Near the main Confederate defensive line at 1 p.m., 1st Division commander General Judson Kilpatrick ordered a mounted charge by the Michigan Brigade of General George Armstrong Custer, which carried the Confederate position centered at the railroad depot. Custer seized more than 100 prisoners, as well as three artillery pieces. The three columns converged at Culpeper and continued their advance, driving the Confederates towards the Rapidan River in heavy skirmishing.

Overall, this is a nice solid plate and remains just as it came out of the ground. It comes in the glass top display case pictured. A very nice display piece.

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