Ask a Curator – Military Button

(NPS Photo)

You guessed it – it’s a military button. The button is a Regiment of Artillerists, 2nd Regiment button dating to c. 1811-1813.

A brief history of Fort McHenry

While Fort McHenry was an important naval base during the American Revolution and the site where the Star Spangled Banner was written, it was also used after the American Revolution and during the War of 1812.

The above button, which dates to c. 1811-1813, is a prime example of the continual use of archeological sites. While a site may be interpreted to a specific period, this does not mean that important events did not happen before or after the period of interpretation. This button helps remind people of the continued importance of Fort McHenry in shaping the history of America

Regiment of Artillery

The first Regiment of Artillery was created in 1791, though the official date of origin is April 12, 1808. The Regiment of Artillery was used in the War of 1812 to fight against the British, and was made famous by their defence of Fort Bowyer in Alabama. After the war, the regiment was merged into the Corps of Artillery.


Glimpses of Historical Areas East of the Mississippi River: Fort McHenry National Park.

Simpson, Lieutenant W. A. 1896. The Second Regiment of Artillery. In The Army of the United States Historical Sketches of Staff and Line with Portraits of Generals-in Chief, ed. BVT. Brigadier General Theo[philus] F[rancis] Rodenbough and Major William Haskin, 312-327. Maynard, Merrill, & Co., New York.


About Megan L.

Megan graduated from Boston University in 2008 with an M.A. in Historical Archaeology. While in graduate school, she wrote her master's thesis on 18th-century glass drinkingware excavated during the Big Dig and interned with NMSC for 2 years. Megan has been a full-time employee since February 2010.
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