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Civil War infantry button, ca. 1861

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

The "I" on the button indicates the wearer is an infantry soldier. The buttons were used on coats, but could be replaced by a button indicating a specific state.

This button belonged to Grenville Sparrow of Portland, a sergeant, then lieutenant, then captain in Co. A of the 17th Maine Infantry.

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Other Information

  • Title: Civil War infantry button, ca. 1861
  • Creator: D. Evans & Co., Massachusetts
  • Creation Date: circa 1861
  • Subject Date: circa 1861
  • Media: Brass
  • Local Code: 1998.453.23.1
  • Object Type: Physical Object

For more information about this item, contact:

Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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