CONFEDERATE BLOCK “I” INFANTRY JACKET BUTTON RECOVERED ON THE FIRST DAY’S BATTLEFIELD AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 286-1026

Recovered at the Springs Hotel, from the Lawrence “Larry” Eckert / Rosensteel family collection.

John H. Rosensteel lived through the three days of fighting in Gettysburg. John was the founder of the well-known Rosensteel Collection; his nephew George, an avid relic collector himself, later built his own National Museum (which included the Electric Map) in Gettysburg. The Rosensteel relic collection was later passed down to their daughter, Angela, who in 1941 married Larry Eckert. Eckert worked in his father-in-law's museum and operated the famed Electric Map until the property was sold to the U.S. government in 1971. George’s family sold the building to the federal government and donated over 89,000 artifacts which make up the bulk of the National Park Service collection. Prior to this time, material was removed from the museum and added to the private collection of George and Emily Rosensteel; upon the death of George and Emily in the mid-1980’s the collection passed to their daughter Angela Rosensteel Eckert and her husband Larry Eckert. In 1972 Mr. Eckert became the curator of the Rosensteel Collection of the National Park Service, a position he held until retirement in 1992.

Confederate button was purchased by The Horse Soldier at the Redding Auction sale for the Eckert family, May 9 – 10, 2008. This button was Lot number 42 in the auction listing. Complete with shank; backmark reads, “E M. L. & C. Richmond VA”. [ws] [ph:L]

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