CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI “I” JACKET BUTTON RECOVERED AT GETTYSBURG

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Item Code: 2023-3064

Excavated Mississippi Militia infantry coat button recovered near the Longstreet Tower on the Warfield Farm. During the Civil War, the two-room farmhouse belonged to James Warfield, his wife Eliza, and their family. James operated a blacksmith shop locally. The family was part of Gettysburg’s African community. The property was later owned by Colonel Johnny Johnston, who operated a refreshment and souvenir stand for many years at the intersection of West Confederate Avenue and Millerstown Road.

This relic was once part of the Ron Miller collection.  Mr. Miller was born and raised in Gettysburg; he was a 1953 graduate of Gettysburg High School and 1957 graduate of Shippensburg University. Ron served in the United States Army Reserves and was employed by the local school district, mainly at the Keefauver Elementary School for 36 years, where most of the Small family children went to school when Ron was the principal.

Ron’s brother Edward or “Ed”, also of Gettysburg, was a very avid relic hunter in and around Gettysburg, amassing a large local relic collection of artifacts. Known to many local people in the collection community, his collection has been featured in many books. Ed’s interest in relic hunting became his brother Ron’s passion, and he also amassed a large Gettysburg collection. Ron hunted mainly on the First Day’s battlefield, west of town where he lived. Ron passed away in January 2006. His family retained the collection until recently when most of it was sold at public auction.  [ws][ph:L]

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