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  • East Cavalry Field, Gettysburg
  • Confederate coat from Gettysburg

Gold-gilt button found at East Cavalry Field, Gettysburg

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Product Description

This is another nice item being offered, it is a battlefield recovered gold gilt button. It is coat-size and has a backmark of “Benedict & Burnham”. This company operated from the 1830's to 1849. Their buttons of this period are noted for very high quality. After 1849, buttons were produced by Waterbury Button Co. It was recovered years ago at the East Cavalry Field battlefield in Gettysburg.

These buttons were typical of civilian coats but were also known to be used by soldiers, particularly Confederate. There is an identified Confederate coat that has similar buttons who was killed at Gettysburg (see pictures). By July of 1863 Confederate soldiers were in dire need of clothing and supplies, so it was common to use whatever they could find. This button is interesting and remains in very nice condition. It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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