JUST ADDED ON 5/23 - GETTYSBURG /SEMINARY RIDGE / JUST BEHIND THE REC FIELD / ROSENSTEEL COLLECTION - Face of a U.S. Plate - found by Ellwood Cullison May 1963
This face from a U.S. Buckle or cartridge box plate, which was found almost exactly 100 years after the battle, was once part of the famous Rosensteel Collection of Gettysburg. I knew that I had this piece but it was "misplaced" during our move into the shop and was just rediscovered. Note that the face is cracked and there are a couple of tiny pieces missing. This specific relic was identified as having been found "behind Rec Field" in May 1963 and was part of the relic collection given to the Rosensteels by Ellwood Cullison. Gettysburg's Recreation Park backs up to Seminary Ridge so "behind" it would imply that this was found on the slopes of Seminary Ridge. The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that has ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections were acquired (including artifacts found by Ellwood Cullison), became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Visitor Center collection. Many of the Rosensteel items that did not go to the National Park Service were acquired by the Horse Soldier in the 1990s - I acquired this relic from that source. A provenance letter will be included.