GETTYSBURG WHEATFIELD RECOVERED EAGLE CARTRIDGE BOX SLING PLATE

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Item Code: 2023-2668

Excellent M1826 crossbelt plate for the infantry cartridge box sling recovered by John Cullison in the Wheatfield at Gettysburg, “east of the stone wall.” Cullison was active 1935 to 1959 and sold his collection to the Rosensteel family, who retained it in their personal collections until releasing it in 2006. This piece was sold by Redding Auction as lot #227 in their May 2008 sale. Very good detail with pleasing, even brown color and nice edge with one shallow push, but no nicks. One small raised dot on the face near the tip of the eagle’s beak. White oxidation with some light brown to the lead-solder filled back with gray at the perimeter. Both iron loops are there, though rusted.

Students of the battle will be familiar with the bloody back-and-forth fighting in the Wheatfield on July 2 as Longstreet struck the salient created by Sickles when he pushed forward the Union 3rd Corps to the Peach Orchard. This is a nice plate with a dead-real Gettysburg provenance. [sr][ph:L]

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