Lee - The Details


CSA and Virginia State seal staff buttons, ca. 1864

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George Bolling Lee, LC1962.12.7-10

Two buttons in the Museums’ collection—unmarked Confederate staff officer’s buttons with “CSA” on the eagle’s shield (top left)—may have come from Lee’s military coat. These buttons are among several that descended in the Lee family and were given to the university in 1962. Also included are four marked “Robinsons Extra” (bottom row) that were used by Lee in the 1850s when he was in the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers.

Also included in the collection are three buttons (top right) that are decorated with the Virginia State seal. Made by Mitchell &Tyler of Richmond, Virginia, the smallest of these buttons may have come from Lee’s wool vest.