Two Confederate Buttons with Original Ink Tag Brought Home By William W. Pearce, Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

Here is an amazing pair of CS Buttons, the first is a Confederate artillery, roman “A” style with a P. Tait backmark.   The second a manuscript “I”, Tice CS 1212 A6 floating shank (also made by Tait).  The 2 buttons are mounted on an original ink tag with the following inscription:

Rebel Artillery Button,
also Rebel Infantry Button,
obtained when in pursuit
of Lee’s Army, just before
he surrendered.

W. W. Pearce
April 1865

William W. Pearce was a resident of Johnston, Rhode Island, enlisting on August 6th, 1862 and served his 3 years in Battery B of the famous 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery.  They were significant in all the battles of the Army of the Potomac.

Reading from the Civil War Database: “The battery continued with the 2nd Corps in all its movements and battles until General Lee’s surrender.”

Both buttons are in fine condition possessing a beautiful uncleaned patina.  A truly outstanding pair of Confederate souvenirs.  The printing on the tag is in ink and quite small, so we include an enlarged photograph of it for display. 

#A551RI – Price $1,195

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