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Union Breast Plate recovered at the Wilderness Battlefield (SOLD)

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This is part of a very large Civil War collection with great provenance that I acquired. Many of the pieces in this collection are of a high-end nature, with quite a few Confederate pieces. There are firearms, CS and US, both dug and non-dug and the same with bowie and side knives. Belt plates CS and US, buttons CS and US, canteens CS and US, and the collection just goes on. I am now photographing and writing up the items in no particular order, but just as I begin to unbox them.

Offered here is a very nice excavated Eagle Union Breast Plate. It has a very nice face with the original unaltered brass patina. The reverse has the complete lead but the two iron hooks are long gone. It was recovered many years ago at the Wilderness, Virginia battlefield (see pictures).

The Battle of the Wilderness was fought May 5–7, 1864. It was the first battle of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, a indication of a bloody war of attrition by Grant against Lee's army and, eventually, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive.

As with most items in this collection, it is a very nice example. It comes in the glass top display case pictured. 

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