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Civil War Infantry "I" button recovered in Maryland (ON HOLD,DP)

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This is another nice item being offered, it is a dug coat-size Civil War Infantry button. The button is an Infantry “I”, having the spread-eagle on the face with a shield with the letter “I”, which stands for Infantry. On the reverse is the stand up shank but I am unable to make out a backmark if there is one. It was recovered in Maryland, along the Patapsco River – near Elkridge and Relay (see circa 1862 photo).

The B&O Railroad was the only railroad into Washington DC until after the Civil War, thus it was an essential supply train route for the Union during that time. To prevent Confederate attacks or sabotage of the bridges and the railroad, the Eighth New York and the Sixth Massachusetts Infantry regiments, as well as Cook's Boston Artillery Battery, took control of the area in early 1861. The Relay House itself became the occupying Union Army headquarters.

In 1861 General Butler and his troops encamped near the Relay House and Elkridge, along the Patapsco River, Maryland. It is situated in a deep valley, through which the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad runs and from which the hills on either side slope gradually to a height commanding a fullview of the surrounding country.

The Eighth New York was the first to arrive in the area, followed by the Sixth Massachusetts. This button is in very nice condition, having no pushes and a great patina, just as it came out of the ground.

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