Item: Excavated US cartridge box plate.
Construction: Stamped thin sheet brass with solder fill and iron attachment loops.
Condition: Excellent, excavated. Its brass front, with raised letters "US", has a pleasing chocolate brown patina with some areas of green on the "U". There is a small inward bend or dent above the "U" at the rim. The rear has a complete complement of solder which is solid and stable. Carved into the solder is "M . HILL / BATTERY D / P . V . A". The plate has no cracks, breaks, repairs, or other bends.
Approximate size: 56 x 89 mm.
Comments: My limited research of the information carved into the plate indicates it may be identified to a "Mahlon G. Hill" mustering into "PA Batty D Light Artillery" on September 24, 1861 as a private and mustering out in Philadelphia, PA on June 13, 1865. A copy of this record from the American Civil War Database will accompany the plate. This cartridge box plate will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War plate or general relic collection.
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