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Excavated Civil War Confederate Government Uniform Buttons
Lee's Infantry! Confederate Manuscript Style Infantry With Tait Style Shank
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This is a scarce excavated Civil War Confederate infantry vest button. This is the style that was run through the blockade to be sold to well-to-do Southern soldiers. The neat thing about this button is the back. On the back of the button it has the "floating style" shank. This style shank goes through to the back but pivots which helped to keep it from breaking like normal shanks. The original shank is intact and nice. There is no backmark on this one but most of them were marked by the Limerick, Ireland firm of Peter Tait. The face has a good look to the large ornate manuscript "I" that denotes the infantry branch of Confederate service. The face of the button has a nice appearance as you can see. This is the coat size style listed as figure CS175 in Albert's button book and CSI212A6 in Tice's button book. The verbal history that accompanied the buckle is that it was recovered in 1981 in a Confederate campsite near the battle of North Anna, Virginia. The Battle of North Anna was fought on May 23rd through 26th 1864, as part of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. This is a nice complete button all the way around.

Item #: B4499
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