1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 1, 2020 1:39 PM by Alex Daverede

    Did the Army keep records of the soldier the belt buckle was issued to?

    Pennie Spence Newbie

      I dug up a Civil War belt buckle a few years ago. There is a benchmark number on the back. Did the military keep track of the soldier it was issued to?

        • Re: Did the Army keep records of the soldier the belt buckle was issued to?
          Alex Daverede Adventurer

          Pennie,

           

          While the Army has the reputation of maintaining records of all kinds through its history, sometimes that reputation gets stretched over time.  While the Army may have kept track of the most expensive item issued to Civil War-era soldiers, their rifle musket, individual uniform items would not have been accounted for in that fashion.  Issued uniform items and equipment were considered expendable items and were lost in prodigious numbers (your discovery of the belt buckle is good evidence), so strict accountability for such issue items would have been a serious waste of time for the regimental quartermaster.

           

          The number on the back of the buckle would have been of use to the buckle manufacturer or perhaps to the Army inspector receiving a shipment of buckles on behalf of the Government, but no more than that.

           

          I hope you find this information helpful.

           

          A. J.