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Virginia Militia Coatee; Berkeley Border Guards.
Berkeley Border Guards Coatee A beautiful pre war militia uniform in all it’s splendor and sewn with General Staff buttons, this coatee , from the collection of the Company of Military Historians at the Virginia War Museum, is indicative of the pomp and finery of southern militias of the era. The following information is the … Continue reading
Young,Smith & Co. General Staff Buttons
Young, Smith & Co. General Staff Buttons Early Variants Submitted by Harry Eichman Presently, there are five distinct die faces and two back mark variants known for the early Young, Smith & Co. General Staff buttons. GS-5 and GS-22, as referenced by Albert’s numbering system. (1) These buttons are from the first Henry Young and … Continue reading
Applied Eagle Device Staff Buttons
Among the many well made uniform buttons of the United States military and government services, the 3-piece General Staff eagles are undoubtedly some of the finest. They are often highly detailed, of heavy gilt, and even hand or jeweler chased. Unique to these, and arguably the most ornate, are the “applied eagle” devices. Even more … Continue reading
General James Johnston Pettigrew C.S.A.
Born on the 4th of July 1828, at Bonarva Plantation in Tyrell County, James Johnston Pettigrew would become one of North Carolina’s pre-eminent scholars and Confederate generals. He was educated at Bingham Academy near Hillsborough, and later graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as class valedictorian in … Continue reading
The United States Army Staff Button : “Objet d’ Art”
American armies have utilized uniforms that range from the ornate flamboyance of the past, to the drab utilitarian look of the modern era. Given our European background, early American military equipage followed the models of the French and English armies with respect to doctrines, armaments, and organization. As the militias and regular army grew, a … Continue reading