CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE FROM TUNNEL HILL, GA, EX-SYD KERKSIS

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This regulation US cartridge box plate was recovered on the battlefield of “Tunnel Hill, Ga,” by Syd Kerksis, one of the legendary early relic hunters and collectors, author of books on military belt plates and Civil War projectiles. The plates comes with Kerksis’s original paper storage envelope bearing his ink notation on the location of the find and the date: July 1965.

The plate is the regulation 1839 pattern oval U.S. cartridge box plate used throughout the Civil War and is in very good excavated condition. The face shows largely as a deep, light olive or brownish-green, with some grayish-white in recessed areas along portions of the letters, and the inner edge of the plate. The rim is good, showing just a narrow ding on the left and a shallow broader one on the right. Both iron wire loops are present, though showing corrosion. The lead-solder fill has a good surface, mostly gray in color, with some rust stains and some white spots. These plates were both ornamental and served a practical purpose in keeping the flap of the cartridge box down even if the soldier neglected to latch it in the heat of action.

Tunnel Hill, Ga., a spur of Rocky Face Ridge was the site of a reconnaissance in force by elements of the Union 4th and 14th Army Corps of the Army of the Cumberland on February 24 and 25, 1864. Union troops lost about 350 men in the fighting, but the aggressive movement  caused Johnston to summon back troops he had dispatched to Mississippi. The same two corps were involved in fighting there again on May 7 in attacks at the opening of the Atlanta Campaign to distract Confederates while other forces moved against Snake Creek Gap, about 18 miles south.

This is a regulation Union accoutrement plate is very good condition with great provenance to an important campaign and an early and respected collector and author.  [sr] [ph:m/L]

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