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Very Rare! Bullet-struck Eagle Breast Plate from Kennesaw Battlefield


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This is one of the rarest artifacts that I have ever offered, it is a Bullet-struck Union eagle Breast plate. Also known as shoulder belt plates, and cross belt plates, they were displayed on the leather cross belt that held the soldier's cartridge box (see pictures). They were ornamental and did not really serve any purpose. Being worn almost directly over the heart, Confederate soldiers often said they were an ideal target. This one was recovered from the Kennesaw Georgia Battlefield

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864 was an important battle of the Atlanta campaign by Union General William Sherman to launch a full-scale frontal assault on the entrenched position of General Joseph Johnston's Rebels. Eventually Sherman abandoned his frontal assault and went back to his famous flanking maneuvers. This battle cost the lives of 3,000 Union soldiers, and 1,000 Confederates. On September 2, 1864, the first Union troops occupied Atlanta, which was destroyed during the next few weeks.

The brass face has a brownish patina with some light-yellow encrusted soil nicely highlighting the upper portion of the eagle. The plate's body has an overall inward bend and a portion of the lower part of the plate is missing. The edges along this missing area are distorted inwardly, a result of what is obviously being struck by a bullet. Only a portion of the rim remains with a quarter inch rim section between the eagle's head and right wing. On the rear remains a thin layer of solder and the two iron belt attachment loops are no longer present.

As most collectors know, bullet struck items are rarely recovered, but when they are, they certainly stir the imagination. I have a couple in my private collection that are well published and are my favorite pieces. If I did not have them, I would definitely keep this one for my own collection. This one is from the battlefield and the way it was struck no doubt killed the soldier. I am not sure if the bullet shown was found with the plate but has always been with it. I cannot recall a nicer example being offered in the past 25+ years. It comes in the glass top wooden display case.

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