‘Confederate’ breast plate becomes a post-war treasure

I recently blogged about Henry Clay Smith of the 4th TN Cav.  His daughter – still living – Corrine Davenport has a priceless treasure that her daddy made. It is a paper weight from his ‘Confederate’ breast plate. However, what makes this even more special is that he carved the wood base from a piece of a ‘surrender’ tree where the 4th TN Cav stood in April 1865.

One reader of this blog suggests that Smith probably picked this breast plate up from the field since its a Federal design. He likely carried it home and added the wood base later [note added 12.13.11].

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