8th Grader finds Revolutionary War button at summer camp

Published on August 6th, 2013 | by Admin


An 8th grader in Virginia has spotted a button from an 18th-century Revolutionary War uniform in the mud at a Archaeology summer camp.

“I picked it up and didn’t think it was anything at all,” Lynch said.

She gave the button to the Watermen’s Museum Archaeology Camp leader Jason Lunze, and he knew what she had found: an 18th-century button made of copper alloy, like bronze, from the Revolutionary War.

The button has been researched and is believed to be a collar or sleeve button from the 85th Saintonge Regiment Infantrie, a French unit based in the West Indies that traveled to Newport, R.I., and marched to Yorktown to aid George Washington’s troops during the 1781 Siege of Yorktown.

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Story: Brittany Voll, WY Daily | Photo: Watermen’s Museum

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