3rd Corps Heel Plates
Made of steel, each measures approximately 3" wide by 3" long and will fit most boots and brogans. Heel Plates of this type can be found in Volumes 3, 4, and 5 of Lord's Encyclopedia. Priced per pair. Nails included.
NOTE: We do not recommend heel plates for those who's use is strictly indoors (Schools, Display, Living History inside of Historic Homes, etc). However, if you have heel plates and will be attending an indoor ball, school display, etc, you may cover the plates with "duct tape" to prevent marring the floor as well as saving yourself an unfortunate spill.
In order to increase the life of their brogans, Union Regiments and even Companies had men who were cobblers who would make their heel plates. Not to be outdone, Confederate Cavalry used the heel plate design to communicate with other troops or between smaller groups of horse soldiers. Once the soldiers unmounted their horses near water the heel plates would leave an imprint in the mud. When other soldiers later came to same area they could tell whether friend or foe. The cavalry plate is smaller than other CW heel plates due fact it had a signal function rather than protection of the heel (cavalry boots wouldn't see as much wear compared a foot soldier and no need for added weight). The plates were not military issued and various designs/metals were used. A heart shape was the most common, but also clover and star were used by Confederates.