CONTINENTAL ARMY “USA” PEWTER COAT BUTTON, WEST HARTFORD, CT

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Item Code: 236-688

Offered here is a very rare, excavated “USA” Revolutionary War Continental Army button.

A rare and highly desirable button, in perfect condition, you’ll not be able to find a better specimen than this. Measures 19mm. The face is straight with crisp entwined "USA" and full straight shank. Lightly coated with lacquer. The “pie-crust” border is full and complete. Button remains in very fine, solid condition.

Recovered by Dean Thomas in Revolutionary War camp at West Hartford, CT.

This was the site of a 1778 encampment of Continental Army. The site is located on the grounds of the Metropolitan District Commission. The only significant surface remains at the site are ruins of stone-lined fireplaces. Three brigades of the Continental Army were stationed in and near Hartford area in 1778, as a result of General George Washington's worry that British Army forces shipping out of New York City were preparing to raid Connecticut communities. Two brigades, one commanded by Enoch Poor and the other by Ebenezer Learned, were ordered to the area in October 1778. Newspaper reports of the period and a contemporaneous journal kept by an officer of the 1st New Hampshire Regiment indicate that American soldiers camped at this location from October 15–21, 1778. The area was thereafter used as a military hospital. [jet] [ph:L]

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