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    Doubtless one of the most iconic pieces of Confederate insignia in existence.

    The "...breast plate from the horse harness belonging to Gen. H. Heth of Virginia," the Exact Piece Pictured in Albaugh & Simmons' Landmark 1957 Work Confederate Arms, Plate 185. At the time of the book's publication the plate was in the collection of Edward N. Simmons. Very heavy cast brass, 55mm x 62mm, with lead coated back and two brass studs that are lightly peaned over. Very fine quality with stippled background and finely detailed rope borders. A few minor dents, else perfect untouched condition.

    Gen. Henry "Harry" Heth graduated from West Point in 1847 and served fourteen years on the American frontier before resigning his commission on April 25, 1861, to enter Confederate service. Heth commanded the 45th Virginia in 1861, and was promoted to Brigadier General January 6, 1862, and Major General May 24, 1863. Heth was the only general Lee called by his first name, and his Corps opened the fighting at Gettysburg on July 1, where he was wounded, having previously been wounded at Chancellorsville. He recovered to fight at Falling Waters, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, and Petersburg, finally surrendering with Lee at Appomattox. A remarkable Confederate artifact that doubtless bore witness to some of the war's fiercest fighting and most historic moments, and far rarer than virtually any Confederate belt plate.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    25th Thursday
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