Overall: 1 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. ( 4.8 x 8.9 cm )
Brass and lead belt plate; lead-backed, oval brass plate with two hooks on back, and stamped lettering on front and mark on back.
Gift of Carrie Althause
stamped: front: "US"; back: "W.H. SMITH/BROOKLYN"
According to accession records, this plate was worn on the cartridge box shoulder belt of Private William H. Althause of the 128th New York Volunteers during the Civil War.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.