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  • Antietam Battlefield

Soldier's Brogan Heel Plate dug at Antietam Battlefield


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Being offered is a Civil War soldiers iron heel plate, which would be worn on his brogans or boots. It measures approximately 2 ¾” x 2 ½” and still has the original three nails remaining. These plates were used to try and sustain the life of the soldier’s shoes, because once they were worn out, they didn’t know how long it would be before they could be replaced. I discuss these items and soldier’s footwear in my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”. These unique items were not a regulation issue but sold by the camp sutlers. It was dug years ago on the Antietam battlefield.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee invaded Maryland in the late summer of 1862 and was intercepted by Union General George B. McClellan. Their armies met in the Battle of Antietam (or Battle of Sharpsburg) on September 17, 1862, this would become the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War and all of American military history, seeing nearly 23,000 casualties. The inconclusive but strategic Union victory partially politically enabled Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. This piece is in solid condition and comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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