Union Army Uniforms and Insignia of the Civil War


Cross Belt Plate

Cartridge Box Cross Belt Plate Model of 1826

This ornamental plate was placed on the cross belt, which supported the weight of the cartridge box. Many recovered from Civil War sites have bullet holes. The shiny round target proved too tempting for young marksmen who could not resist the temptation to put a bullet through a lose plate. Others may have acquired their holes on the battlefield.

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