Unique Pair of Dug Shoulder Scales

Nov 15, 2019

Pictured is a very interesting pair of shoulder scales I excavated about 20 years ago from a small fire pit in the camp occupied by the 9th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in December 1862 while they were constructing their winter camp about 200 yards away. While finding a complete set of scales was always a treat, what makes this pair so special is that they were buried about 2 feet deep in a layer of oak leaves, one of which still adhered to the scale on the right and which I have never removed. It is a relic not only of a Massachusetts soldier but of the forest he cut down for wood to build his hut and keep him warm on an early winter’s night.