CAVALRY “C” EAGLE BUTTON IDENTIFIED TO 7TH MISSOURI CAVALRY OFFICER

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Item Code: 766-1054

Button is from a small group of items recently acquired that are identified to Major John W. Toppass of Missouri.

Brass coat sized button with a face that bears a spread-winged with a shield on his chest. At center of the shield is the letter “C.” Face is in excellent condition.

Reverse has a straight shank and a raised mark in a depressed channel that reads “W. H. SMITH & CO. NEW YORK.”

John W. Toppass was born in Indiana on November 30, 1834.

On July 31, 1861 he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Company L, 7th Missouri Cavalry and was shortly afterward made Captain of Company C. Toppass would serve in that position until April 18, 1864 when he was made Major of the 1st Missouri Veteran Cavalry. He would be mustered-out on September 1, 1865.

During his service Toppass saw action in several small skirmishes and a few bigger ones including Marks Mill and Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

After the war he went into the men’s clothing and accessories business. He was active in the GAR serving as Commander of the Tindall Post #49 in Chillicothe, Missouri. He also served as postmaster and was also a Mason. He died in Chillicothe on September 14, 1916 and is buried there in Edgewood Cemetery.  [AD]

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