|Object Name||Link, Cuff|
Cuff link: pair of cuff links made from Cuff sized Confederate Navy buttons converted to cuff inks by removing shank and braising a stud in its place; fouled anchor over crossed cannons on lined field with "CSN" below and rope border; backmark "EXTRA RICH GILT".
|Owned||Eugene Anderson Maffitt; Mrs. C. A. Harris|
|Owner Regiment||CSS Alabama|
|Event||Battle of Cherbourg|
Eugene Anderson Maffitt cut these two buttons off his waistcoat and gave to Mrs. C. A. Harris in 1864. Maffitt served aboard the CSS Alabama, which the USS Kearsage sank during an engagement off the coast of Cherbourg, France in 1864. Another ship, the "Deerhound," rescued Maffitt and brought him to London. He gave the buttons to Mrs. Harris at that time. They were eventually made into cufflinks.
Note: These button have an extremely similar story to one other in the collection (2007.3.1), which was from the uniform of a CS Naval Officer resduced from the CSS Alabama. It is probable that he gave that button to another citizen (perhaps a woman) as a souvenir similar to these.
Maffitt, Eugene Anderson
Harris, C. A., Mrs.
Confederate States Navy
Battle of Cherbourg