Mississippi “I” Button Cut from the Coat of a Dead Rebel at the Battle of Camden. N.C. by Samuel P. Bancroft, 6th N.H. Infantry

Here is a wonderful Confederate relic mounted on its original period cardstock and described in nice dark ink.  The button, a perfect example, is a Hyde & Goodrich coat size button that has a beautiful untouched patina.  The button and the card it is on is displayed in a period frame. 

Samuel P. Bancroft, a resident of Nashua, N.H. enlisted in November 1861 into Company G of the 6th New Hampshire Infantry.  According to records, the 6th New Hampshire first fought at Roanoke Island, N.C. on April 10th, 1862 and then at Camden on April 19th, 1862.  This was part of Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s North Carolina expedition.  In the fall of 1862 Bancroft would be wounded on August 29th, 1862 at the battle of Second Bull Run, Va.  Surviving, he would go on to serve in the Veteran Reserve Corps. 

After the war Bancroft was a member of GAR post number 195 in East Pepperell, Massachusetts.  Our guess is that this button was probably proudly displayed there. 

The 3 x 4 inch tag reads: 

“This button was cut from
the coat of a dead Rebel
at the Battle of Camden
at North Carolina 1862,
by S. P. Bancroft.”

Certainly one of the finest Confederate button presentations we have seen. 

#A572NH – Price $1,695

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