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  • Ft. Fisher, NC

Confederate Infantry Script “I” button recovered at Ft. Fisher, NC


Product Description

This is another nice Confederate button being offered. It is a CS Script “I” 23mm coat button which indicates Infantry. There is a slight crease on the front, right side which was probably the result of the digger’s shovel. It is a lined Script “I” on a plain field and the back has the shank remaining, and is marked “S. Isaacs Campbell & Co.”. They produced buttons for the Confederacy and were located 71 Jermyn St., London. This button was recovered at Fort Fisher, NC on the Cape Fear side (see map).

After being informed about the large Union army heading toward Wilmington, General Lee ordered Major General Robert Hoke's Division to Fort Fisher. Also, Hoke took command of all Confederate forces in the Wilmington area.

The Union attack started on December 24, 1864, with a naval bombardment. The firepower of Fort Fisher was temporarily silenced because some of its gun positions exploded. This allowed the Navy to land Union infantry. The landing force was intercepted by the arrival of Hoke's troops. The Union attack was effectively thwarted, and on December 27 Benjamin Butler ordered the withdrawal of his 1,000 soldiers who were still on the beach. This was in defiance of Grant's orders, which were to besiege the fort if the assault failed. Because Butler disobeyed his orders, he was relieved of command by Grant.

Although not perfect, this is still a nice Confederate button and priced accordingly. It is one that was definitely on the coat of a Confederate soldier while fighting in the Fort Fisher area of North Carolina.

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