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The belt shown here is well known to have come from the Bill Turner collection. Bill, now deceased, had the belt and Colonel Martinís frock coat, but he sold them separately.
Twenty-seven year old lawyer George A Martin first entered service on June 26, 1861 at Norfolk, Virginia as Captain of Company B, 20th Battalion Virginia Heavy Artillery. He served in the 20th until he was transferred to Company I, 38th Virginia Infantry on April 25, 1864. Martin was hospitalized at the Howardís Grove Hospital in Richmond with debility on May 17th, and returned to duty on August 31st.
He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on December 12, 1864. He was hospitalized when Richmond was evacuated and he left the Lynchburg, Virginia Hospital and joined President Davisí entourage as he made his way south. After separating from the presidential party at Washington, Georgia he surrendered at Augusta, Georgia.
After the War he was a Virginia State Senator and Delegate. He died in Norfolk, Virginia in 1915.
Martinís patent leather belt is a thing of beauty. Its CS two piece buckle is one of the rarest patterns, rating an eight on the Mullinax rarity scale. To find one on its original belt is almost unheard of, and what a one to find! I have owned hundreds of Confederate belts, and I can say without a doubt that this beltís condition is easily in the top one percent of all of them. It is perfect, even retaining virtually all of its patent leather finish; it even retains its uniform protector flap. There is not a single negative trait that can be attributed to this belt. It is identified to a dedicated Virginia officer, it is extremely rare, and it is in exceptional condition.