Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)

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Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War plates and buckles
468..Federal shoulder plates, Regulation 1826, O'Donnell Campbell pattern 468

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.

Most information on this page is from:
Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795 - 1874, by Sydney C. Kerksis
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, by Steve E Mullinax
American Military Belt Plates, by Michael J. O'Donnell & J.Duncan Campbell


Use of the round shoulder plate was approved with the regulation of 1826, most were manufactured 1850's through end of the Civil War. Designed as adornment only for the shoulder strap, the plate was die struck on thin brass sheet, solder filled, wire loop hooks. Plate is usually configured with two iron loop hooks for the enlisted soldier, but is sometimes configured with three iron hooks for the non-commissioned officer.



Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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 468.

P0034...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depicts eagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. Plate measures 64mm, approx. Dug plate, both wire hooks intact. Recovered: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway, in the 1960's.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P0044...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depicts eagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. This is the work of idle soldiers in camp with too much time on their hands. First the notch was whittled out of the plate, then somebody stabbed it hard with a knife or sword from the rear and pierced the entire plate It would take a very hard strike to do this. So hard in fact that the soldier ruined his knife, for the tip broke off and is embedded in the plate! In the next battle he may wish his knife were in better shape! Recovered: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway, in the 1960's.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P1835...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. Plate measures 64mm approx. Dug plate, one hook present. Recovered: Cedar Creek Virginia, 1864 campaign, by Harry Ridgeway in the 1960's.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

P1865...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. Plate measures 64mm. Dug plate, has been cleaned, one hook missing. Recovered: not known.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.

P1880...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. Plate measures 64mm approx. Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: central Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.

P1881...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. Plate measures 64mm approx. Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: central Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.

P1856...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. 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. Dug plate, some rim damage, no hooks, holes and hooks are field repair. Recovered: Lovettsville, Virginia by Ed Barber.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468.
Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia


Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468, die variant
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. This variant has a slightly different artistic presentation of the olive branch. 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 468, a variant.

P1882...Federal round shoulder plate, regulation 1826, eagle, pattern 468, die variant.
Plate depicts patriotic eagle, and was used by the Federal army as well as the states. Shoulder 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 die pattern depictseagle with bold large feathers, no break in the wing, arrow feathers are sketchy. This variant has a slightly different artistic presentation of the olive branch. 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. Plate measures 64mm approx. Dug plate, hooks missing. Recovered: central Virginia.
Ref: O'Donnell & Campbell, Plate 468, a variant.