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The Staff Buttons of General Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson

Anyone reading this will be aware of the General’s history and legacy. The purpose of this article is to examine a few of the uniform buttons taken during the night of his tragic and mortal wounding at Chancellorsville.  They come to us from the collections at the Museum of the Confederacy and the V.M.I. Museum. … Continue reading »

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Buttons From the Sears Roebuck Catalogue 1902

From the bibliography of Martin Wycoff’s , “United States Military Buttons of the Land Services 1787-1902″, we find a referenced source of Officers and GAR buttons for sale through the  1902 Sears Roebuck catalogue.     A 1969 reprint , shows plated brass buttons, of the General staff type, for sale for .19 cents / doz. … Continue reading »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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