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  • “Confederate, US & Other Civil War Used Spurs”
  • “Confederate, US & Other Civil War Used Spurs”
  • "Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution"

Revolutionary War Spur recovered at the Shiloh Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is a very unusual piece being offered, it is a Revolutionary War/War of 1812 spur. It is light-weight iron, measuring 3 ¾” x 3 ½”. What is unusual is that it was found many years ago at the Shiloh Battlefield. The best explanation for this would be that the cavalryman or officer wore these spurs when he left home. More than likely, it would have been used by a Confederate out of necessity, especially being an early battle of 1862.

On the morning of April 6, 1862, 40,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston poured out of the nearby woods and struck the encamped divisions of Union soldiers occupying ground near Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. The overpowering Confederate attack drove the unprepared Federal soldiers from their camps and threatened to overwhelm Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s entire Army of the Tennessee.

Fighting continued until after dark, but the Union line held. By the next morning, the Federals had been reinforced by the Army of the Ohio under Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell and numbered about 54,000 men, outnumbering Beauregard’s army of around 30,000.

Grant launched a counteroffensive along the entire line, overpowering the weakened Confederate forces and driving Beauregard’s army from the field. The two-day battle at Shiloh produced more than 23,000 casualties and was the bloodiest battle in American history up to that time.

Like I said, this is a very interesting relic, and shows the desperation of the Confederacy early in the war. In the book “Confederate, US & Other Civil War Used Spurs”, this type of spur is shown (see pictures). Also, in the “Collector’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution” there is an identical example (see pictures). The spur is in very solid condition and amazingly the rowel still spins. This is an opportunity to purchase a great piece of history.

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