Re: Button, button, whose got a button? was - RE: [WarOf1812] Re: Today is....
- In a message dated 12/25/2003 12:33:34 PM Central Standard Time,
Now that's a very interesting primary source notation. Especially in light
of the Bataillon d'Orleans discussions held around campfires and behind
closed doors. Perhaps the spread of French equipment alluded to in other
documents went farther abroad than we originally suspected. Certainly the
95th would be well acquainted with the look of a French soldier. Buttons
and belts, eh? Perhaps event rank distinctions, since it would otherwise
modify the look of the uniform....
The most interesting, and puzling thing about the statement is that (OTTOMH)
I recal that most of the troops there were regulars.
As to the buttons I have a photograph of a dug Plauche's button from the site
of the battle of NO and it is curious in that it is the pre 1800 method of
manufacture being a thin flat metal face that was obviously once crimped over a
wooden or horn back. The face bears a smack on French Grenade with 'Battallion
d' Orleans' surrounding it. Interestingly this same design but with crossed
cannons was still in use for the Orleans artillery in the Mexican war.
I know this is not certain but I think it is not too far out to speculate
that these buttons were being made localy (far lower tech than the all metal ones
used in France from about 1803-5 on) and so this 'French' style of
manufacture could have been used as a matter of course on Militia buttons.
Now just to argue against myself I have also seen a set of superb solid
silver US officers buttons of about 1812 with NO silver marks on them, all this is
quite facinating. As you say this statement of Smiths calls for further
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