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    Super rare Confederate Staff Officers button

    I have only gone relic hunting once, and this was my fourth relic. I probably won't top this one unless I dig up a cannon, or Gen. Lee's golden spurs.

    This is a general officers staff button. It is a one piece local with shank and no back mark. It is modeled off of an 1830's US army officers button. I dug this up at an old 1700's house site. The house was most likely destroyed by the rebels after crossing a ford in the Rappahannock river just yards away. General J.E.B. Stuart's entire Calvary corps rode past this house on their way to Gettysburg.

    I found the house site by accident this march. It was an organised relic hunting event in Virginia called DIV (Diggin' In Virginia). The organizers gave us a map, but they never told us about the old home.

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    Senior Member Bottle Master Robby Raccoon's Avatar
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    Nice find.

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    That's incredible. What a great button! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    I had Civil War button expert William Leigh look at it, and he said that the buttons value would be from $800-$1,000. They are very rare.
    In all my perplexity's and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
    - Robert E. Lee

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    Wonderful Find!!! Awesome to see it-Thanks for sharing!!

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    It was General Stuart, pictured above, and his command that crossed the ford beside the house.
    In all my perplexity's and distresses, the Bible has never failed to give me light and strength.
    - Robert E. Lee

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    That is very nice, and what a cool story. No confederate stuff out here unfortunately.

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    That's a GREAT find screwtop! I am an avid metal detectorist and have been since the 1980's. Love artifact hunting. Congratulations on that button! And the history that goes with it makes it even sweeter.



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