American military buttons (5) excavated at Fort Haldimand

American military buttons (5) excavated at Fort Haldimand
Title
American military buttons (5) excavated at Fort Haldimand
Date 
1808-1815
Medium 
Lead
Dimensions 
largest: 3/4 in. ( 1.9 cm )
Description 
Lead military buttons excavated at Fort Haldimand; disks; three have the emblem of their corps on front; two of the buttons are inscribed in foliate script, and have a small star enclosed by a circle border below the inscription.
Object Number 
INV.5940.71-75
Marks 
stamped: (71), on front: "US" (General service button, used by militia and U.S. Army soldiers during the War of 1812) stamped: (72-3), on front: "I" (foliate script; General service button, adopted 1812 and used by militia and U.S. Army soldiers during the War of 1812)
Gallery Label 
These buttons were excavated by the Field Exploration Committee from a refuse pit at Fort Haldimand, a British fort on Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence River in New York, just below the Canadian border. Built in 1779, the fort commanded passage of the river and was retained by the British until its destruction by American forces in 1812. The buttons were worn by the American soldiers who captured the fort in 1812. Four of the buttons (Nos. 71-4) were worn on coats or vests.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group