ALABAMA AVC BUCKLE FOUND AT ANTIETAM IN 1909!

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This very scarce Confederate AVC buckle comes with a signed and notarized 1992 affidavit from Leonard Alvin Lushbaugh that his father, Lester Lushbaugh, found the plate at Antietam as a boy of 11 in 1909. His recollection of the year or his father’s age at the time may be slightly off- we find his father was born about 1894- but, the family is well documented as living in Washington County, and Hagerstown, during the period.

The Alabama Volunteer Corps was formally established 24 February 1860 as a way of encouraging new volunteer militia companies, officially consisted of 8,150 officers and men, and lasted as a formal organization until November 1861, by which time many of its units and members were on active service. The plate follows the general lines of the US 1839 oval belt plate, made of stamped, rolled brass with a lead solder fill that secures the two oval top studs and fastening hook. In this case the oval tops are formed by washers placed atop the studs, which are then peened over. See Kerksis pl. 334 and Mullinax (1991) plate 196 for an example of the belt plate and 197 and 198 for corresponding cartridge box plates.

This has a good chocolate brown patina with gray and white showing in recesses of the edge and letters. The reverse shows mostly white, with some shallow losses along the rim, but with hook and studs firmly in place. The edge has one ding at bottom, more noticable from the back, and four or five shallow edge nicks that produced short hairlines that are not obtrusive.

Alabama infantry regiments at Antietam included the 8th -11th in Wilcox’s Brigade, the 14th with Pryor, 44th with Wright, 4th with Whiting, 15th with Trimble, 5th Battalion with Archer, 47th and 48th with Talliaferro, 13th with Rains, and perhaps best known, the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 12th and 26th with Rodes. Legitimate Antietam material is very tough to come by and this is very scarce plate to begin with.  [sr] [ph:L]

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