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Section of a brass artillery stirrup dug at a CS site in Hoover’s Gap, TN in 2006


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This is another interesting piece being offered, it is a section of a brass artillery stirrup. It measures 4” x 2 ¼” and it appears that it was battle damaged to end up like this. It was dug from a Confederate campsite on May 10, 2006, at Hoover’s Gap, Tennessee by Mike Taylor.

The Battle of Hoover’s Gap was a major turning point for the Tullahoma Campaign. Even though the campaign lasted from June 24 to July 1, 1863, the Battle of Hoover’s Gap was only a one-day affair, June 24th, 1863. Union Colonel John Wilder led his ‘Lightning Brigade’, armed with the new Spencer repeating rifles, through pouring rain toward Hoover’s Gap (see period drawing). Control of this gap was of vital importance to the Confederacy for two reasons. It protected central Tennessee, wherein lies Chattanooga, a vital railroad supply line for the South and it held large, fertile agricultural regions.

A narrow valley about four miles long with1,100 ridges on both sides, Hoover’s Gap was a challenge for forces to maneuver. This was the first battle that the new Spencer repeating rifles would be tested. With all 1,500 of Wilder’s men armed with these new Spencer rifles that could shoot 15-20 rounds per minute, against Confederate Colonel J. Russell Butler’s larger forces, armed with muzzleloaders that could only shoot 2-3 rounds per minute, the Confederate’s were soon pushed back.

However, before the Union took control of central Tennessee, they had to endure several more counterattacks from Confederate forces. But, by 7:00 p.m. on June 24th, the Battle of Hoover’s Gap was over. The Tullahoma Campaign took place between June 24, and July 1, 1863, but the Battle of Hoover’s Gap, which kicked off the campaign only lasted less than 18 hours.

This is a solid piece of heavy brass, so it must have taken some force to bend and break it. It has a great untouched patina to the brass – a neat Civil War relic.

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