This Portland, Maine state contract military waist
belt was destined for issue to a Maine recruit
then finds its way to use by a Confederate
soldier. Most likely removed from a fallen
Maine trooper and pressed into service utilizing
the Confederate captor’s pre war militia waist
belt plate, the captured leather belt with its oval
puppy paw plate was then collected from
remains of the fallen Confederate as he lay on
the Gettysburg battlefield.
A prize collected by one of a number of local
civilians who scoured the battleground after the
fighting, the Portland, Maine waist belt with the
belt plate of its unfortunate Confederate captor
still attached, was nailed to a local barn wall in
Gettysburg as a memento of what had gone on
there. Gleaned from the farmer’s barn for a
special Civil War display at the 1906 dedication
of Pittsburg’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial
Hall, the relic was eventually returned to the
Maine G. A. R. for display. Fortunately this relic
of North & South still retains its old Maine GAR
hall display tag preserving the history of this J. B.
THAXTER PORTLAND ME. 1862 marked belt
A demonstration of Yankee practicality is offered by this antique walnut block level with period identification to Mainer
J. Jones. The carpenter tool retains a period hand penned notation:
Josiah Jones was a 23 year old carpenter from Lisbon,
Maine when he mustered in on December 4, 1861 as a
Pvt. of Co. C 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry. As a
member of the 13th, Jones would see plenty of New
Orleans and vicinity. Re-enlisting in February 1864, Pvt.
Jones transferred to the 30th Maine Infantry in January
1865 and would remain with that regiment until mustering
out at Savannah, Georgia August 20, 1865.
Captured at New Orleans 1863
under Ben Butler's time
in the Rebellion.