Union waist belt buckle, ca. 1861
Albert H. Burroughs, a native of Houlton, wore the plate or buckle for a waist belt. A sergeant in Co. D of the 7th Maine Infantry, Burroughs was wounded in April 1862 at Antietam and honorably discharged for disability. He had enlisted in August 1861 at age 19. After a short business career, he studied medicine and then practiced in Westbrook starting in 1878. The eagle on the buckle holds a banner that reads, "E Pluribus Unum."