Student uncovers war relic

A Humboldt High School student was helping dig footings for the building trades group's next project when she found a small piece of metal. It turned out to be a Civil War-era sword belt plate worn by Union officers and military cadets.

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December 3, 2021 - 3:37 PM

Humboldt High School building trades student Olivia Black shows a brass Civil War-era belt plate she uncovered while digging a footing for a house under construction in Humboldt. She is with Robbie Baker, a member of the Humboldt Historical Society Museum Board of Directors. The plate will be displayed at the museum. Courtesy photo

HUMBOLDT —  A construction project turned into a unique history lesson this week when Humboldt High students hit upon some Civil War artifacts.

Olivia Black, a building trades student, was helping with the group’s next venture, building a home in the 500 block of Pecan Street.

Black was helping dig out soil a couple weeks back when she spotted a small piece of metal.

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