Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War

Civil War Buttons

by Harry Ridgeway


E M Lewis started out as a stencil maker in Richmond Va, then sold buttons during the war.
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-LewisEM

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This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.

Most information on this page is from:
Uniform Buttons of the United States 1776 - 1865, by Warren K.Tice.
Dating buttons; A Chronology of Button Types, Makers, Retailers & Their Backmarks, by Warren K. Tice.
Directory of American Military Goods Dealers & Makers, by Bruce S. Bazelon and William F. Guinn.
Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons, Bicentennial Edition, by Alphaeus H. Albert.
Pictures are generally by the author, unless otherwise indicated
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E M Lewis started out as a stencil maker in Richmond Va, then sold buttons during the war. It is not clear if Lewis actually made the buttons or subcontracted them. In any case, collectors prize the buttons bearing this southern name.


LewisEM100, (22 - 23mm)
Backmark: "E. M. LEWIS & CO. / RICHMOND. VA." rmdc, attributed to E.M. Lewis, Richmond, Virginia, (LewisEM100).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-LewisEM100, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 183, [Plate C-2, 7].
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B3652 Confederate artillery button, block "A" on plain background with border, Confederate wartime manufacture, E M Lewis & Co Richmond Va, rmdc, (22.5mm)

Ref: Albert CS116A, Tice CSA240A1.



LewisEM110, (22 - 23mm)
Backmark: "E. M. L & C. / RICHMOND. VA." rmdc, attributed to E.M. Lewis, Richmond, Virginia, (LewisEM110).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-LewisEM110, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 183, [Plate C-2, 8].
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B5895...Confederate infantry button, block "I" on plain background with border, Confederate wartime manufacture, "E. M. L & C. / RICHMOND. VA." rmdc, (22.5mm)

Button depicts simple block "I" on plain field with border, intended for Confederate infantry troops, southern wartime manufacture, a "local". Backmark: "E. M. L & C. / RICHMOND. VA." rmdc, attributed to E.M. Lewis, Richmond, Virginia, (Lewis,EM.110). Two part convex button, coat size, crudely stamped and assembled. Nondug button. Reference: Albert CS181A, Tice CSI240A1.



LewisEM120, (22 - 23mm)
Backmark: "E. M. LEWIS & CO / RICHM'D. VA. " rmdc, letters are verysloppy, attributed to E.M. Lewis, Richmond, Virginia, (LewisEM120).
Research Center: Button9901-Backmark-LewisEM120, Reference: Tice, Dating Buttons, page 183.
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B5412 Confederate infantry button, block "I" on plain background with border, Confederate wartime manufacture, E M Lewis& Co Richm'd Va, rmdc, (22.5mm)

Ref: Albert CS181A1, Tice CSI240A2.


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