Beautiful 100% Original Civil War Era US Union Army Belt or Cartridge Box Plate. With Classic Lead Filled Brass / Bronze Medal Plate with base evidence of the typical Iron Loop Style Tabs for attachment to Leather Belt, Box, or Lid Closure.Marked a long while back in Ink on reverse side "Antietam Battlefield". Identified as being from the Battle of Antietam / Sharpsburg Maryland MD in 1862. All the signs of a legitimate relic, identified better than you'd find most. 3-5/16" x 2-1/8", and weights approx.
A Recovered / Dug Orig. Period Relic in Very Fine Condition, and a Very Nice Chocolate Brown Patina, with that nice bit of copper oxide you'd expect to see. Also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg , particularly in the Southern United States.Was a battle of the American Civil War. Fought on September 17, 1862, between Confederate General Robert E.
And Union General George B. Part of the Maryland Campaign.
It was the first field army. Level engagement in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. To take place on Union soil.It was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing. Launched attacks against Lee's army, in defensive positions behind Antietam Creek. At dawn on September 17, Maj. S corps mounted a powerful assault on Lee's left flank. Attacks and counterattacks swept across Miller's Cornfield, and fighting swirled around the Dunker Church. Union assaults against the Sunken Road eventually pierced the Confederate center, but the Federal advantage was not followed up.
In the afternoon, Union Maj. S corps entered the action, capturing a stone bridge over Antietam Creek and advancing against the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, Confederate Maj.
S division arrived from Harpers Ferry. And launched a surprise counterattack, driving back Burnside and ending the battle.
Although outnumbered two-to-one, Lee committed his entire force, while McClellan sent in less than three-quarters of his army, enabling Lee to fight the Federals to a standstill. During the night, both armies consolidated their lines. In spite of crippling casualties, Lee continued to skirmish with McClellan throughout September 18, while removing his battered army south of the Potomac River.
Despite having superiority of numbers, McClellan's attacks failed to achieve force concentration. Which allowed Lee to counter by shifting forces and moving along interior lines. Therefore, despite ample reserve forces that could have been deployed to exploit localized successes, McClellan failed to destroy Lee's army. McClellan's persistent but erroneous belief that he was outnumbered contributed to his cautiousness throughout the campaign.
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. McClellan's refusal to pursue Lee's army led to his removal from command by President Abraham Lincoln.Although the battle was tactically. Inconclusive, the Confederate troops had withdrawn first from the battlefield, and abandoned their invasion, making it a Union strategic victory.
It was a sufficiently significant victory to give Lincoln the confidence to announce his Emancipation Proclamation. Which discouraged the British and French governments from pursuing any potential plans to recognize the Confederacy. Original CW Era United States Army Full Size Uniform Field Equipment Insignia. United States Army Soldier Soldier's USA U. PLEASE READ the following carefully!
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