Original U.S. Civil War Shiloh Battlefield Excavated Federal Pattern 1826 Cartridge Box Sling Eagle Breast Plate
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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice pattern 1826 Eagle Breast Plate with lead filled back, which came to us out of an old collection. It came in a box labeled FINE EARLY EAGLE CROSSBELT PLATE DUG AT SHILOH TENNESSEE. This is the only provenance that we have, but given the large loss of life, the battlefield area has been a huge source of civil war artifacts, left on the field.
These would be attached to the long sling on the cartridge box used with the Springfield rifled musket. Both mounting loops are still attached, though they do have oxidation. The front brass face has very nice details and has aged wonderfully to a bronzed patina. The reverse side does show oxidation and loss of the lead fill, which has made the pin connecting the two loops visible. Measures approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
A very nice example from a legendary battlefield! Ready to display!
The Battle of Shiloh (also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing) was a battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A Union force known as the Army of the Tennessee (Major General Ulysses S. Grant) had moved via the Tennessee River deep into Tennessee and was encamped principally at Pittsburg Landing on the west bank of the Tennessee…