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The Confederate Arsenal and Depot in Atlanta, Georgia was a conglomeration of Confederate owned manufactories and independent contractors in the surrounding areas. Supplies from other Confederate arsenals were also funneled through the Atlanta Arsenal for distribution to the Army of Tennessee. While researching at the National Archives, Dean Thomas discovered a very interesting bit of correspondence from the commander of the Atlanta Arsenal:
C. States Arsenal
March 3rd, 1863
Mr. Francis Minchener, Atlanta, Georgia
Sir: You will please to make for this arsenal four thousand belt plates as per the sample furnished –to be plain and well gotten up, the letters C.S. A. to be plain and neatly finished, the casting to be substantial and good, the hooks on the plate to be strong and well pointed and the whole to (be) in good taste and style, -to be inspected before they are received.
I will pay you fifty cents each for all received.
Because of the pronounced grain, most collectors would refer to the bright russet belt as “pigskin” but this is a myth, in reality it is raised cowhide. These belts are distinctly Confederate, but this belt is not original to this buckle, the two have been “married”. The belt and buckle have an absolutely gorgeous “look” to it; second to none.
It would be virtually impossible to find a more attractive belt and buckle combination.