IDENTIFIED EAGLE “I” COAT BUTTON

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Item Code: 1054-2473

This item is a coat-sized eagle “I” button worn on infantry officer’s frock coats during the Civil War. Button has perfect face with traces of gilt wash remaining. Reverse has complete shank which is just slightly bent to one side. Back mark is Scovills & Co. Waterbury.

Button is alleged to be from the coat of William B. Bacon of Worcester, MA. He was 19 years old when he enlisted on July 16, 1861 as a 1st Lieutenant in Company “K”, 13th Massachusetts Infantry. He was discharged for promotion on August 14, 1862. He was promoted to Captain of Company E, 34th Massachusetts Infantry. William Bacon was killed on May 15, 1864 at New Market, Virginia.

Button comes in a Riker case with hand written label on back, “Button purchased from Geo. Marinos – Gettysburg military museum, Baltimore Pike, who received the button from Major Bacons family.” George W. Marinos moved his family to Gettysburg in 1963 to own and operate the Battlefield Military Museum on the lower side of East Cemetery Hill. He had the building built to house his collection and to be opened for the battle centennial. The museum is still in operation today. His entire collection is one of the finest personal collections of military war relics in the United States. George died in 2017 at the age of 88. [jet]

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