SHILOH RECOVERED US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE

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Item Code: 490-5821

Scarce recovery from the most famous western battlefield. Regulation US 1839 pattern plate for the cartridge box, die struck rolled brass with raised US and rim, lead solder filled back to anchor iron wire loops for attachment, stiffness to the plate, and weight to help keep the box flap down if unlatched.

The US letters use a very thin upstroke to the “U,” a narrow upper line to the “S,” and to not seem well defined, showing some softness to the edges, along with a not very well defined inner rim to the edge. The plate show a crusty brown surface with some olive brown peeking through in places with gray and light brown along the edge. There is a little waviness to the top edge at upper right. The reverse is good, with a smooth, even, gray fill, with both iron wire loops in place, though rusted, along with some brown stains at their bases and marking the course of the iron wire in the fill.

Shiloh will be familiar to any student of the war. Grant was, indeed, surprised, but through sheer dogged, stubbornness, and a little help from his friends, turned the tide of battle on the second day. His response to Sherman’s assessment of the first day’s fight has come down in several forms, the most popular version being, “Well, Grant, we've had the devil's own day, haven't we?” “Yes, lick ‘em tomorrow though.” We suspect the conversation may have been more extensive.  [sr] [PH:L]

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