Civil War Relicman,
Winchester, Virginia USA (changed hands 70 times in the Civil War!).
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil War buttons.
This is the "Ridgeway Reference Archive", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
The states, (34 states at
start of war, West Virginia was 35th state):
Southern states, by secession, (11).
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.
Northern loyal states, (20).
California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin.
Northern states, by secession from southern states, (1).
Divided states sympathetic to south, (2). (buttons are classified as southern)
Divided states sympathetic to
north, (1). (buttons are classified as northern)
Alabama, click here.
Iowa buttons (all post war).
buttons, click here for details.
North Carolina buttons.
West Virginia buttons.
Confederate government buttons:
Confederate officer buttons, English wartime manufacture imported through the blockade.
Confederate officer buttons, Confederate manufactured "locals".
Confederate infantry buttons, English wartime manufacture, imported through the blockade.
buttons Confederate manufactured, "locals".
Confederate Marine buttons. (Examples coming soon)
Federal government buttons:
Federal general service one piece buttons, 1820's through 1840's generally, including "general militia"
Federal general service two piece buttons, 1840's through 1860's generally.
Federal Artillery one piece buttons, 1820's and earlier generally .
Federal Artillery one piece buttons,
1820's to 1840's generally.
Federal Artillery two piece buttons, 1840's through 1860's generally.
Federal Diplomat buttons.
Federal Dragoon buttons (DR....).
Federal Engineer buttons.
Federal Infantry one piece buttons, up to1820's generally.
Federal Infantry one piece buttons
(GI74 to GI80), 1820's through 1840's generally.
Federal Infantry two piece buttons
(GI82 to GI92), 1840's through 1860's generally.
Federal Marine Corps buttons.
Federal Navy buttons,
here for details.
Federal Revenue Cutter
Federal Riflemen one piece buttons, 1820's earlier generally.
Federal Riflemen one piece buttons, 1820's to 1840's generally.
Federal Riflemen two piece buttons, 1840's through 1860's generally.
Federal Sharpshooters buttons.
Federal Signal Corps buttons.
Topographical Engineer buttons.
cadet, or "bullet ball" buttons.
Political campaign buttons.
Ridgeway Reference Archive, Civil
War button backmarks:
Catalog of button backs,
backmark references in my listings refer to this "catalog"
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