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  • "Valley of Death", 1863

Eagle Button from "Valley of Death", Gettysburg (SOLD,BS)

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This is another nice Gettysburg piece being offered, it is a Civil War General Service Eagle button. It is coat-size and the reverse has a stand-up shank, no maker mark visible. which was recovered during the first half of the 20th century by local collector and relic hunter John Cullison. He found it in the area of the battlefield known as “The Valley of Death”. The official name of the creek running between Devils Den and Little Round Top is Plum Run, but for a few hours in July of 1863 it gained a second name after the slow stream ran red with the blood of fallen soldiers – “The Valley of Death”.

With the heavy rain on July 4th, the stream overflowed the banks and drowned some wounded men who hadn't been collected yet – reportedly all Confederates. The valley was littered with so many bodies that it was over a week after the battle ended before the fallen men could all be buried. The relics recovered went from John Cullison’s collection to the Gettysburg Rosensteel collection.

The Rosensteel Collection is arguably the most famous collection of Gettysburg relics that have ever existed. John Rosensteel opened his Round Top Museum of Gettysburg artifacts in 1888. The collection, which grew in size as a variety of local collections, such as Cullison’s, was acquired and became the nucleus of the Electric Map Museum collection and ultimately the Gettysburg National Park Museum and Visitor Center collection.

A 1964 advertisement for the Gettysburg National Museum (Electric Map Museum) notes that the John Cullison collection was part of the museum holdings. This Gettysburg artifact not only has wonderful provenance, but it was also found at one of the most famous locations on the battlefield!

This button is solid and remains in very nice condition. Original relics from the Valley of Death are very desirable and hard to find. It comes in the glass top display case pictured and I will include a signed and embossed Certificate of Authenticity.

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