Collection of excavated relics from the “Jug Bridge” section of the Monocacy battlefield. The centerpiece of the lot is the remnants of a US cartridge box plate. Included with the plate are a collection of general service eagle buttons, pre-Civil War flat buttons, suspender buckles, .44 caliber Civil War pistol bullets, and a lead finial from a Confederate cartridge box. The Battle of Monocacy was fought on July 9, 1864 near Frederick, Maryland, as part of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Confederate forces under Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early defeated Union forces under Maj. Gen. Lew Wallace. The battle was part of Early's raid through the Shenandoah Valley and into Maryland in an attempt to divert Union forces away from Gen. Robert E. Lee's army under siege at Petersburg, Virginia. As the battle at Monocacy delayed Early's march for a day, Union reinforcements had sufficient time to get to the Union capital before the Confederates. Early launched an attack on Washington on July 12 at the Battle of Fort Stevens, but the Confederates were unsuccessful and retreated to Virginia. The relics are housed in a 6 inch x 9 inch hinged wooden display case with glass top.
Inventory Number: GRO 059 / SOLD