RELIC EAGLE BREAST PLATE FROM 20TH MAINE POSITION ON LITTLE ROUND TOP AT GETTYSBURG

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Excavated U.S. pattern eagle breast plate. The brass skin is complete with no nicks or dents and exhibiting a dark patina with some lead oxidation on the rim. The eagle retains very good detail. The lead backing is intact. Rust marks the area where the iron wire is embedded in the lead. Only small nubs remain of the two iron loops.

Recovered by local Gettysburg resident John Cullison, who excavated relics on the field from 1935-1959. This piece was recovered on Little Round Top in the position held by the 20th Maine Infantry. Cullison sold his relics to the famed Rosensteel family, who built the primary collection of Gettysburg artifacts.  [jet]

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