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This is another great piece being offered, it is an excavated coat-size U.S. Eagle Button. It has the clear eagle on the front and the shank is still present but slightly tilted. There is a faint backmark, but unable to make out. This button, along with several others, was recovered by local Gettysburg resident Ed Miller at Willoughby Run (Harman Farmstead).

Willoughby Run is a tributary of Marsh Creek that flows through the rolling farmlands of Gettysburg. Union and Confederate troops clashed at Willoughby Run on the hot, humid morning of July 1, 1863. Confederates advanced from the north, the Union armies from the south. Union Infantry occupied a stronghold and defensive position in the dense trees, brush and thick bramble around Willoughby Run.

Skirmishers of John Buford’s Union cavalry dismounted and recoiled across the fields toward Willoughby Run. The Confederate Army Brigade led by General James J. Archer advanced across the Emmanuel Harman farm to Willoughby Run. Suddenly they were surrounded by the daunting “Iron Brigade” line, regiments of tough, fearless Union soldiers hailed from the Western states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Donning their famous black felt Hardee hats, the “Iron Brigade” infantrymen, pushed into the woods.

Archer and his men were forced to retreat and about 300 of his men were captured in a copse of willow trees while crossing Willoughby Run. Human casualties were heavy on both sides, a prelude to the remaining two days of battle.

Ed Miller amassed a large collection of Gettysburg relics from 1960’s – 1980’s. This button and the others are the same size and patina, but not sure if they were off the same jacket. These Willoughby Run buttons were acquired at the Redding Auction, Gettysburg, which was held on May 8 - 9, 2008 (see pictures). It comes in the glass top display case pictured.

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