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Butternut Pin

1917.939 (RS6740)


Carved cross-section of a butternut.


Butternut pins were worn during the Civil War by a faction of Northern Democrats called Copperheads or Butternuts who believed that the federal government did not have the right to stop a state from succeeding from the Union. The butternut was chosen because the color of some Confederate uniforms were dyed a butternut color and as a result Confederate soldiers were called "butternuts." Also, when the butternut was cut in half it showed two joined hearts which could not be separated by law or war.<br/>
Object type
Descriptive terms
pins (jewelry)
1 x 1 1/8 x 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift of Ellen A. Robbins Stone
Reference Notes
For more information on the Robbins family see Simons, D. Brenton and Peter Benes, "The Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England," "Preserving a Legacy," by Jane Cayford Nylander (2002): 201-221.
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