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This beautiful and rare Confederate Waist Belt Buckle is perhaps the most attractive of all Confederate plates. There are several reasons for this, obviously it offers great eye appeal, there were few made and yet fewer survive. Still, its most attractive feature is the enormous amount of history that it is associated with. No other Confederate Belt Buckle carries with it such a specific historical record.
The 6th North Carolina State Troops were organized in Burlington, North Carolina by men from Almance, Chatham, Caswell, Rowan, Wake, Orange, Mecklenburg, Burke, Catawba, Mitchell and Yancey Counties. The regiment was assembled and equipped (right down to this belt plate) by Colonel Charles Fisher in May of 1861. The patriotic Colonel Fisher, sadly, was killed at the battle of Bull Run. Colonel Fisherís beloved 6th went on to fight in every major engagement of the renowned Army of Northern Virginia. The 6th served under Generalís Bee, Whiting, Law, Hoke, Godwin and Lewis.
In all my years of examining these fine plates, I have only seen two that retained the soldered on hooks because the movement of the ground freezing and thawing pulls them off. The hooks on this spectacular example are still intact and tight. The solder has been coated with some type of shellac or sealer in order to stop the deterioration of the flaking solder. It is, however, obvious that the hooks have not been put back on.