Northern buttons, like their
Southern counterparts, provide a vast number of state seal variations and branch indicators and as a result many buttons of the era cannot be positively identified. Thus, on this page the following buttons cannot attributed, apart from the fact that they bear the seals of the following states: New Hampshire (51); New Jersey (52, 53); New York (54, 55); Ohio (56); Pennsylvania (57); Rhode Island (58, 59); Vermont (60); and Wisconsin (61). The last button (62) displays the badge of the U.S. Sanitary Commission.
Such Federal buttons are, in most cases, readily available in quantity at relatively reasonable prices, while there are representative collections at most museums that have a Civil War period exhibit.
1,4,5 Steel die for artillery officers' buttons
2,3 Steel die for engineer officers'
buttons 6 Artillery officers' button 7,8 Steel die for staff officers' buttons continued on next page
9,10 Staff officer's buttons
11 Artillery officer's button
12 Cavalry officer's button
13 Dragoon officer's button
14 Infantry officer's button
15 Rifle officer's button
16 Voltigeur officer's button
17 Enlisted man's button
18 Staff officer's button 19,20 Engineer officer's button
21 Topographical engineer's button 22-23 Ordnance buttons
24 U.S. Military Academy button
25 Rubber infantry button 26-27 Variations of item 25
45 Maine state seal button
46 Maryland state seal
47 Mass. militia button
48 Michigan state seal button
49 Missouri state seal button
50 New Hampshire militia button 51-62 Various state seal buttons
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