Aug 11, 2012, 08:49 PM
UNBELIEVABLE !!! 76th Regiment of Foot (McDonald's Highlanders)
UPDATE : UNBELIEVABLE! One of my flat buttons is a 76th Regiment of Foot (BRITISH) « on: Today at 04:19:54 PM »
Thought everyone on Treasurenet would appreciate what I dug today. This is the FIRST British button I've ever found AND its coated in silver plate!!!! Just got in and I am soaking wet. The weatherman predicted 50% rain yesterday and it NEVER rained. Today they predicted 40% so I took my chance. Finally got to my spot and after about 2 hrs the rumbling of thunder began and then the sky let loose. It always happens to me like this........and the last find of the day was an eagle cuff button too! Man I didn't want to leave! I parked myself under a big old oak tree but the rain just got worse and worse. Anyway, here are my finds for the 11th of August. The standing liberty quarter was a surprise but I'll take silver anyday! Did get 3 dropped 69 caliber bullets (one is carved). These are my favorite bullets to find. When I was just 16, a couple months after I took up the hobby, I dug 52 of these monsters out of one pit along with a Jefferson Davis hat pin. Those were the days!!! Anyway I think I got 46 bullets altogether and a couple of flat buttons. Got a pile of shotgun shells also..... Hope everyone gets there coil over something good this weekend! UPDATE : One of my flat buttons is a British 76th Regiment of Foot!!! The 76th Regiment of Foot was also known as MacDonald's Highlanders. They arrived in New York in 1779. Winter of 1779 - 1780 in Brooklyn. Winter of 1780-1781 in New York City. Feb 16, 1781, batallions were sent to Virginia. Operations against Lafayette in Virginia. Captured at the fall of Yorktown. This button is an officers pattern, large one piece copper with silvered face and soldered loop shank. Motif of raised Arabic numeral "76" within an oval with a floral garland border. 21.3 mm. Extremely rare. UPDATE : To show what a historical find this is according to records researched by the NPS at Yorktown : the 76th Regiment of Foot was formed in Scotland in 1777. Three hundred and forty-five men were present at the battle and were known as MacDonald's Highlanders. Major Francis Needham was the commander of this group which was disbanded in 1784. 385 men and I was fortunate to locate an OFFICERS button!!! According to another member of My Treasurespot this is the 4th known officer's button dug in Virginia. After their capture they were sent to a POW camp in Winchester, Va. The other known 76th officers buttons were found in Winchester, Berryville, and Fredericksburg Virginia. I knew England had Hessian mercenaries but I never knew they had men from Scotland as well. This is such an amazing hobby we all have! To me there is nothing better than discovering a relic that was last held over 2 centuries agoand is such a revelant part of our history and heritage! The relics I uncover continue to teach me parts of history that I would have never known without their discovery. Thanks for all the nice responses.....I could hardly sleep last night from the rush I had! I will always cherish this button and the memory of finding it! Devonrex
Last edited by Devonrex; Aug 19, 2012 at 01:17 PM.
Aug 11, 2012 08:49 PM
Aug 11, 2012, 08:53 PM
FINALLY! With all those French I knew one day you would find a British, and it being an officer button you definitely made it count. That is a great find!
Aug 11, 2012, 09:00 PM
Aug 11, 2012, 09:21 PM
beautiful find!! Congrats!
Aug 11, 2012, 09:45 PM
Wow .....man u rock on the relics.
Aug 12, 2012, 12:14 AM
Now that's a cool looking Button...............HH..
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Aug 12, 2012, 04:48 AM
Super historical finds great job!
Aug 12, 2012, 04:54 AM
Aug 12, 2012, 04:55 AM
I was going to say the same, with it being a Officers it makes it all the better.
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Aug 12, 2012, 07:26 AM
Really cool button!!
Aug 12, 2012, 08:44 AM
That is one BEAUTIFUL button!!! I gotta get out today! Hogge
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Aug 12, 2012, 09:10 AM
you scored some sweet finds. congrats!
Aug 12, 2012, 09:19 AM
Aug 12, 2012, 09:25 AM
you scored a bunch of nice looking buttons! congrats
Aug 12, 2012, 09:52 AM
You need to open a museum.
Aug 12, 2012, 09:07 PM
I posted an update on this rare button above. Apparently this is the only 4th 76th Regiment of Foot button known to have been dug in Virginia!!! Thankyou for all the nice responses!
Aug 13, 2012, 03:12 PM
Amazing button in phenomenal condition! Congrats John.
Aug 14, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Aug 14, 2012, 01:17 PM
Absolutely stunning button! Congratulations
Aug 14, 2012, 01:30 PM
Banner for sure! Awesome find!
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