One-piece (cast) "I"
(Yellow & Red Brass)
Broad, solid block
on a plain field, with narrow turned rim. Most were cast from bronze
(red brass), though brass (yellow brass) examples exist. The back
features an integral drilled shank. No backmarks.
Various, though it is speculated by Tice that the bulk were made in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Given their predominantly Western distribution,
this would make sense.
One of the two most common Confederate issue buttons. They are
recovered from all theaters of the war, though it is clear from the
sheer numbers dug out of the Western Theater that this button was
dominant in the Army of Tennessee.