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One of our Civil War reenactors stopped in for our Veterans Day open house, and donated this set of SpanAm collar brass...pretty happy to get some pre-WWI "stuff"!




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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

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It depends on your definition of "SpanAm." Those are enlisted men's collar insignia for the OD service uniform. The type with company numbers (for Coast Artillery units) and battery numbers (for Field Artillery units) below the crossed cannons were adopted when artillery regimental organizations ceased to exist in 1901 after an Artillery Corps of the Army was constituted. That size was worn until 1905 when a new, smaller design was adopted.


A very nice donation.


Now you need the corresponding bright brass versions as worn on the blue uniforms and caps.

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Here is a list, from the Coast Defense Study Group, with history on Coast Artillery companies showing where they served, etc.
The bronze collar insignia for the OD uniform are much more common now than the brass cannons for the dress blues. The bronze cannons were not worn as much as the brass ones, and were done away with after collar discs came out in 1910, hence a large surplus of the bronze cannons.




Looking for: Washington and Oregon Coast Artillery items

Any items related to the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia River and the Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound, 1860s-WWII. This includes items from Fort Stevens, OR; Ft Canby, WA; Ft Columbia, WA; Ft Worden, WA; Ft Casey, WA; Ft Flagler, WA; Ft Ward, WA; Ft Whitman, WA; Camp Hayden, WA; and the following units that served at these forts:
Columbia River: 33rd, 34th, 93rd, and 160th Companies, CAC; and 18th and 249th Coast Artillery regiments
Puget Sound: 26th, 30th, 62nd, 63rd, 71st, 85th, 92nd, 94th, 106th, 108th, 126th, 149th, and 150th Companies, CAC; and 14th and 248th Coast Artillery regiments

Coast Defense Study Group member & site representative for the Columbia River forts

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