Item: Federal Voltigeurs Cuff Button
Backmark: "SCOVILLS & CO. *** " rmdc
Construction: Convex, two-piece.
Approximate size: 15 mm.
Condition: Excellent, excavated, secure shank present. This button has an overall brown patina with no pushes, cracks, breaks, or repairs.
Recovered: Spotsylvania Court House, VA. area.
Reference: Tice: VG215Av Albert: VG 2Av
Comments: According to "Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776-1865" by Warren K. Tice, on page 139, "Congress authorized the Regiment of Voltigeurs and Riflemen during the Mexican War to specialize in mountain warfare. The Voltigeur rifle companies were supported by a rocket and howitzer battery. The term Voltigeurs was taken from the French "voltiger", meaning to leap or tumble. The Voltigeurs disbanded at the close of the Mexican War but their buttons are occasionally found at Civil War sites. Some collectors believe that they were issued to Virginia troops from old stores." This Voltigeurs cuff button will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War button or general relic collection.
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