Early-War US Belt Plate with Arrowhead Hooks
This early-war US Oval waist belt plate (1857-1863), would be considered a 'transition' belt plate for use in early/mid-war. It is lead-filled, stamped brass with arrow hooks on the back for fastening to standard waist belt (LEATH-012). Not for use on on sword belts or NCO belts. Approximate Length: 3-1/2", Height: 2-1/4"
An authentic Civil War bullet struck U.S. belt buckle. This plate was worn by Gettysburg resident Michael Miller of Co. K 1st PA. Reserves. Company K was known as "The Boys who fought at home". They were the only unit from Gettysburg that actually fought at the battle of Gettysburg. The bullet hit the plate at an angle. Miller wrote to his wife about the event. This plate saved Miller's life. He did have bruising and the hit was a significant wound but the bullet did not penetrate his waist. An amazing artifact. Originally exhibited at General Lee's Headquarters Museum in Gettysburg.