Civil War Relicman
Harry Ridgeway

Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!)

Ridgeway Reference Library, Civil War plates and buckles

This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only

Most information on this page is from:
Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795 - 1874, by Sydney C. Kerksis
Confederate Belt Buckles & Plates, by Steve E Mullinax
American Military Belt Plates, by Michael J. O'Donnell & J.Duncan Campbell

100..Militia and prewar

click here to view plates of the militias and pre-war

200..Federal sword plates

click here to view Federal sword plates

300..Federal oval plates

click here to view Federal oval plates

400..Federal shoulder plates

click here to view Federal shoulder plates

500..Federal plates, others

click here to view other Federal plates

600..Plates of the states
P0268A.JPG (52426 bytes) P1186.jpg (42063 bytes) P0270A.JPG (53866 bytes) P0271A.JPG (45522 bytes) P0336A.JPG (65251 bytes) P0338A.JPG (41765 bytes) P1577.JPG (38102 bytes) P0545A.JPG (34540 bytes) P0479A.JPG (50974 bytes) P0351A.JPG (58735 bytes) P0355A.JPG (46273 bytes)
click here to view plates of the states

700..Confederate government
P0315.jpg (32282 bytes) P1113.jpg (26763 bytes) P0311.jpg (35070 bytes) P0859.jpg (36188 bytes) P0312.jpg (32148 bytes) P0882.jpg (34981 bytes) P0321.jpg (22459 bytes) P0322.jpg (29516 bytes) P0320.jpg (36699 bytes) P0316.jpg (22259 bytes) P0318.jpg (26175 bytes) P0626.jpg (27016 bytes) P0319.jpg (20581 bytes) P0383A.JPG (22705 bytes) P0359A.JPG (31074 bytes) P0360A.JPG (24895 bytes)
P0361.JPG (32312 bytes) P0362A.JPG (44406 bytes) P0358A.JPG (38250 bytes)
click here to view plates of the Confederate government

900..Postwar plates manufactured after 1865

click here to view post war plates manufactured after1865