Uniform Buttons from the Site of CSS Georgia

Author(s): Karen E. Martindale; Kelsey Rooney

Year: 2017


The 2015 excavation of CSS Georgia yielded nearly 30 buttons spanning the time from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. Uniform buttons played an important part of distinguishing between troops, duties, and rank in the military. Changes in design from year to year and manufacturer to manufacturer can inform researchers of the earliest date a button may have been used, where it was manufactured, and where the individual wearing it may have been located during his service. While sourced based on design and manufacturer, the buttons were also analyzed using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) to identify the elemental composition of the metal before and after conservation. This paper presents both the typological and elemental analyses of the buttons recovered from the site of CSS Georgia.

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Uniform Buttons from the Site of CSS Georgia. Karen E. Martindale, Kelsey Rooney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435225)


Buttons Civil War XRF

Geographic Keywords
North America United States of America

Temporal Keywords
Civil War

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 193