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US Cartridge Box plate from the Antietam Battlefield


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This is another great piece from the large Civil War collection I am currently working on, it is an excavated U.S. Civil War Cartridge Box Plate. It would have adorned the outside flap of the leather cartridge box. It has the “US” on the front with a lead-filled back. As with most of these dug plates, the iron hooks are gone. This plate was recovered years ago from the Antietam Battlefield.

The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South, was fought on September 17, 1862. This was the first major battle in the Civil War to take place on Union soil. It is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with a combined tally of dead, wounded, and missing at 22,717.

Despite having superiority of numbers, General McClellan's attacks failed to achieve force concentration, allowing General Lee to counter by shifting forces and moving interior lines to meet each challenge. Despite ample reserve forces that could have been deployed to exploit localized successes, McClellan failed to destroy Lee's army. McClellan had halted Lee's invasion of Maryland, but Lee was able to withdraw his army back to Virginia without interference from the cautious McClellan. Although the battle was tactically inconclusive, the Confederate troops had withdrawn first from the battlefield, making it, in military terms, a Union victory.

The plate has an untouched patina, just as how it came out of the ground. There is a little nick under the “S”, probably from the shovel when digging. This is a very nice example with a lot of character and comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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