Solid Gold Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Pin from Stones River
This super cool relic was dug on private property in Murfreesboro, TN in the known location of Confederate campsites. The back of the pin is inscribed "A.J. Thomas". Some quick research shows there were several Confederate soldiers at Stones River with the initials A.J. Thomas. My best guess based on limited research is that this could be Andrew Jackson Thomas born in 1838 who served with the 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Company L at Stones River. He would have been a young man of 24 in 1862 and could have just graduated or left college to enlist in the Confederacy proudly wearing his fraternity pin. There were very few schools with Phi Kappa Psi chapters prior to 1862. None were in Alabama but the University of South Carolina had one and many of this gentelman's siblings were born in South Carolina where he had family. If you research it and confirm an identity I would be excited to hear for certain. This piece has been photographed and catalogued by the State of Tennessee as well.