regimental buttons were excavated in Birchtown at archaelogical
site AkDi-23. How did the buttons get there? Two possibilities:
they were available to the Black Loyalists as surplus,
or the person who lived in the house played a military
role in the American Revolutionary War.
pewter button on the left is from the Second American
Regiment and is dated between 1780 and 1782. This regiment
was raised in Philadelphia and New York in 1778 and
was drafted into other regiments at Charleston, South
Carolina, in 1782.
cannons on a button indicate the British Royal Artillery.
The particular way in which the cannons were represented
changed from time to time. The style on this copper-alloy
button is from the 1790s.