Confederate Civil War Forked Tongue buckle, Petersburg

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Super honest excavated relic found off the Jerusalem Plank Road (Virginia) battlefield area.  The Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, also known as the First Battle of the Weldon Railroad, was fought June 21–23, 1864, near Petersburg, Virginia. It was the first of a series of battles during the Siege of Petersburg  aimed at extending the Union siege lines to the west and cutting the rail lines supplying Petersburg.  Two infantry corps of the Union Army of the Potomac attempted to sever the railroad, but were attacked and driven off by the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s 3rd Corps, most from the Confederate Division of Gen. William “Billy” Mahone.  The inconclusive battle left the Weldon Railroad temporarily in Confederate hands, but the Union Army began to extend its fortifications to the west and ultimately began to increase the pressure of the siege.   A tiny portion of the loop holding the center prong is missing so a drop of epoxy holds it in place.

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