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Haitian 1st Regiment Phoenix Button War of 1812

Haitian 1st Regiment Phoenix Button War of 1812

First metal detecting hunt in a few months and found some really nice colonial artifacts, and a rare Colonial Haitian 1st Regiment Button from the war of 1812.

(See Updated Below)

I’ve recently found more time for metal detecting, and I have been making some very interesting recoveries. Earlier this week I found myself in one of my favorite fields just on the outskirts of town. Some of you may remember a few of my posts regarding this particular field.

One of the most interesting finds was a Haitian 1st Regiment Button dating right around the War of 1812. I did some research and read that the Haitian Military was in parts of Virginia during the war. However, this button was found on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and there is no information of the Haitian Military being here on the shore. But the location of where the button was is intriguing to say the least. Apparently in the area where it was found was part of a slave camp, and most of the relics found there seem to fit the story that was told to me. If anyone has more information about the button, I would definitely like to learn more.

War of 1812 Haitian Button


I also found some other nice relics during this hunt, take a look below at my latest metal detecting finds from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

If you like this post, please leave a comment below. And if you have any information about the button mentioned in the article, please let me know.

Update on the Phoenix Button found in Maryland

I had originally shared my finds with the folks over FMDF, and had a couple members really educated me about this rare enigmatic button.

As of right now I’m working on 2 different leads as for how this Phoenix button ended up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Both historical events are equally interesting, and both are very likely as to how the button made it here.

  1. The Corps of Colonial Marines – War of 1812: This could be how the button ended up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. With the British the Black Freedom Fighters, Corps of Colonial Marines stationed on Tangier Island just below a chain of islands connecting to Dorchester County. A soldier may have made his way to parts of Dorchester County during the War of 1812 to try and recruit those who were enslaved to join the Corps of Colonial Marines. Here is a background of Corps of Colonial Marines history.
  2. The Indian Trade: There is a strong indication that the button may have entered into the Indian Trade in the Pacific Northwest. One very notable individual for researching the origins of the Phoenix Button is Emory Strong who wrote “Stone Age on the Columbia River”. But what is unknown is how the bulk of these button ended up in the Pacific NW. Whether they were brought directly to the Northwest by ship, or from the East Coast by land, remains a mystery. However in Dorchester County, Maryland most Native Americans had already left the Eastern Shore by the end of 1798 when state had purchased the Natives land that was originally given to them by the English. Which would predate the this particular button from entering the Indian Trade and making its way back to the Eastern Shore. However that’s not to rule out that it did in fact make it into the trade markets.

Regardless of how this Phoenix button made it the Eastern Shore of Maryland, it’s still very interesting learning about the historical origins of it. Hopefully I can with the help of others, find more about this button and how it ended up under the coil of metal detector.


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