Union Army Uniforms and Insignia of the Civil War
|Engineer Officer's Button
||Original Engineer Officer's Button
The origin of the corps of engineers button is lost in obscurity. Early examples
are attributed to officers serving just after the War of 1812. The regulations of 1821 make a vague reference to a branch button "with only the device and motto heretofore established." This must be the motto "Essayons" since no other is known to have been used or can be found in large button collections. A variation of this button is still regulation and is the oldest U.S. Army button in continuous service.
The motto translates as "Let us try." The
backmark on the original button is "SCOVILL MFG CO.*WATERBURY*."
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