Old South Military Antiques

Captured Louisiana Belt Plate
Item #: OS-6541

Steve Mullinax, author of Confederate Belt Buckles and Plates, suggested that these plates were made locally in New Orleans between April 1861 and April 1862 when the city fell. This plate seems to bear out his supposition. This none excavated Louisiana plate was captured by James M. Allen, Company C, 31st Massachusetts Infantry. In his letters, Allen wrote that he was in the lead regiment marching into the fallen city.

The plate bears the great seal of Louisiana, a mother pelican feeding her young from the blood of her breast, as do many variations of Louisiana belt plates. Accompanying the plate are two original muster certificates for James Allen and his 1882 31st Massachusetts reunion badge. It also comes with copies of many off his letters written from Louisiana to his wife.


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