The Civil War Relicman,
Harry Ridgeway
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Winchester, Virginia, USA.
Civil War buckles & plates.

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Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buckles & plates.
Federal shoulder plates (Regulation 1826), small size "Burnside" pattern 448.

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader.   Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author.  None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale.  This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items.  I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me.  All  items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described.   Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission.    This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.



Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, small size "Burnside", pattern 448.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the statesShoulder plate is round following the Federal Regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War, and was used as ornamentation on the shoulder strap.  This smaller sized plate is sometimes called the "Burnside" plate, although connection to the famous general is creative, it was more likely a contractor simply skimping on materials.  This die pattern depicts eagle with smooth left wing, tail feathers are distinct.   Brass plate is stamped on thin sheet brass, solder filled, configured as an enlisted shoulder plate, two iron hooks are formed on a loop with ends bent upward.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 448.

P0701     Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, small size "Burnside", pattern 448.

Plate measures 60mm, approx.  Dug plate, one wire hook intact.  Recovered:  Peninsula campaign, Virginia, by Richard Coppock.
Item on display at the Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia.

P1896     Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, small size "Burnside", pattern 448.

Plate measures 60mm, approx.  Dug plate, fragment of leather remains.  Recovered: Virginia campaign.

P1915     Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, small size "Burnside", pattern 448.

Plate measures 60mm, approx.  Dug plate hooks missing.  Recovered: Virginia campaign.

P1982     Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, small size "Burnside", pattern 448.

Plate measures 59mm.  Nondug plate.