Quilt Civil War

Collection by Barbara Brackman

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I'll post links to quilts actually made during the Civil War or made later to commemorate the war and the veterans.

Barbara Brackman
 The eagle in the center of this quilt holds a banner with the words:"Free and unfettered our Eagle shall soar. The reign of oppression forever is o'er. Eagle Design, Bird Quilt, Civil War Quilts, Patriotic Quilts, Quilt Of Valor, Green Quilt, Miniature Quilts, Vintage Quilts, Applique Quilts

A Quilt for General Grant from Herkimer, New York

Eagle quilt, late 1860s. Civil War Commemorative. The eagle in the center of this quilt holds a banner with the words: "Free and unfettered our Eagle shall soar. The reign of oppression forever is o'er." The quilt was found in the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search. Click here to see the record: http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=50-8A-1027 It had been given to the owner's grandmother with the story that the top had been stitched by an unknown woman from Herkimer, New York. "She…

New England Kitchen at the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair in 1864 Right before the last Christmas of the Civil War the women of Chicago put. New England Kitchen, Civil War Fashion, Civil War Quilts, Antique Quilts, Historical Clothing, Quilt Making, Presidents, High Waisted Skirt, Ford

A Silk Quilt for President Lincoln

New England Kitchen at the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair in 1864 Right before the last Christmas of the Civil War the women of Chicago put on a fundraising fair for the Union cause. "The New England Farm House Festival" was a three-day event with an old-fashioned theme. Nostalgia for Colonial days was a feature of several fairs that raised money for the Sanitary Commission. Women dressed for the Knickerbocker Kitchen at the New York City Fair The Chicago Tribune gave the fair much attention: "One…

Civil War Quilts: Soldier's Memorial Quilt from Farina, Illinois Battle Of Fredericksburg, Civil War Quilts, White Crosses, Antique Quilts, Fundraising Events, How To Raise Money, Quilt Making, Civilization, Illinois

Soldier's Memorial Quilt from Farina, Illinois

The owner of this quilt posted a photo on Instagram with the caption that it was made to record the Civil War veterans in Farina, Illinois. In QuiltStories she said her great-great grandfather's family block is second from the left on the bottom. His name was George C. Wells. "With all the blocks in the quilt, how [was] our family lucky enough to keep it?" 1911 postcard picture Women members of the W.R.C. the Women's Relief Corps often made quilts to raise funds. These quilts from about…

Signature Quilt with an antislavery message, about in the collection of the Royall House. From the Massachusetts Project & the Quilt Index. Antique Quilts, Vintage Quilts, Signature Quilts, Civil War Quilts, Scrappy Quilts, Quilting Projects, Civilization, Victorian, Massachusetts

Two Antislavery Quilts

Signature Quilt with an antislavery message, about 1848, in the collection of the Royall House. From the Massachusetts Project & the Quilt Index. The Royall House & Slave Quarters is a Massachusetts museum with restored colonial era buildings including the only surviving slave quarters in the northern states (I'm always doubtful about words like "only" and "first".) Isaac Royall was a Maine merchant with plantations in the West Indies (the Caribbean) who built a mansion in what is now…

Cut-out Chintz Album QuiltKansas Museum of History About ten years ago Betty saw a photo of this quilt in my book Quilts from the Civil War. At the time we knew something about the quilt. Quilting Tutorials, Quilting Designs, Quilting Ideas, Plus Quilt, Medallion Quilt, Civil War Quilts, Historical Society, Historical Clothing, Book Quilt

A Southern Quilt Linking North and South

Cut-out Chintz Album Quilt Kansas Museum of History About ten years ago Betty saw a photo of this quilt in my book Quilts from the Civil War. At the time we knew something about the quilt. It was the first quilt in the collection of the Kansas State Historical Society, women's work accepted only because of its link to the Civil War. Needlework was not really of much interest until the validation of material culture and women's history in the late 20th century. Those of us working at the…

Basket with a Union Flag This extraordinary block is from a quilt in the collection of the Indiana State Museum by Martha McFeely F. Union Flags, Civil War Quilts, Indiana State, Basket Quilt, Quilting Projects, Civilization, Kids Rugs, Antiques, Holiday Decor

Union Baskets

Basket with a Union Flag This extraordinary block is from a quilt in the collection of the Indiana State Museum by Martha McFeely Fry According to family records when the quilt was donated, Martha McFeely lived in Greencastle, Indiana. Sweetheart Benjamin Fry from Fountain County, Indiana, enlisted in the 2nd New York Regiment, the Harris Light Cavalry. Library of Congress Martha and Benjamin's letters and diaries from the Civil War years are also in the collection of the Indiana Historical…

Center of a quilt made by Elizabeth Moffitt Lyle Moffitt, Kewanee, Illinois We documented this quilt during the Kansas Quilt Proj. Antique Quilts, Vintage Quilts, Civil War Quilts, Patriotic Quilts, God Bless America, Quilt Making, Applique, Textiles, Antiques

Elizabeth Moffitt Lyle's Union Quilt

Center of a quilt made by Elizabeth Moffitt Lyle Moffitt, Kewanee, Illinois We documented this quilt during the Kansas Quilt Project thirty-some years ago and were a little confused about its date---pre-Civil War or made during the War? Constitution and Union Forever by Elizabeth Moffitt (1833-1893). Collection of the Smoky Hill Museum, Salina, Kansas I thought I might revisit it in the internet age hoping to find more about when and why it was made. The quilt is in Salina, Kansas donated to…

"Plead for the Slave" Collection of the Royall House.Massachusetts Project & the Quilt Index. Signature Quilts, Civil War Quilts, Antique Quilts, Massachusetts, Outdoor Blanket, Quilting, Antiques, Green, Projects

Two Antislavery Quilts

Signature Quilt with an antislavery message, about 1848, in the collection of the Royall House. From the Massachusetts Project & the Quilt Index. The Royall House & Slave Quarters is a Massachusetts museum with restored colonial era buildings including the only surviving slave quarters in the northern states (I'm always doubtful about words like "only" and "first".) Isaac Royall was a Maine merchant with plantations in the West Indies (the Caribbean) who built a mansion in what is now…

Quilt by Mary Hersey Lincoln Cabot about square The Hingham Massachusetts Historical Society has in itscollection this anti-slavery crib quilt in excellent condition.It& piec Hingham Massachusetts, Civil War Quilts, Textile Fiber Art, Historical Society, Innovation Design, Quilt Making, Lincoln, Cribs, Quilt Patterns

Antislavery Fair Crib Quilt by Mary Lincoln Cabot

Quilt by Mary Hersey Lincoln Cabot (1817-1897), about 1840 35-1/2" square The Hingham Massachusetts Historical Society has in its collection this anti-slavery crib quilt in excellent condition. It's pieced of two polished cottons or cotton sateens. An Anti-Slavery sentiment is inked in the center of each block. The block is a square in a square that forms a checkerboard when the color is controlled. The paper label stitched to the front: "This quilt was made by Mary Hersey Lincoln of Hingham…

Civil War Quilts: 34 Stars in a Flag: Documented by the New Jersey quilt project. Over pieces. Jersey Quilt, Find Your Ancestors, Civil War Quilts, Patriotic Quilts, Vintage Quilts, Quilting Projects, Appreciation, Finding Yourself, Flag

34 Stars in a Flag

Patriotic Quilt Estimated date 1861 - 1863 This Civil-War-era quilt is hard to appreciate from a photograph but it is certainly notable. Documented by the New Jersey quilt project, it is estimated to have over 7,000 pieces in it and 34 stars. http://www.quiltindex.org/fulldisplay.php?kid=4A-7F-720 The quilt of diamonds and hexagons had passed from the maker's family but the owner attributed it to Ivy Purcell of Atlantic City, married to a doctor. Because the center field has 34 stars the…

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A Maryland Civil War Quilt?

Eagle medallion quilt with dogtooth appliqued border. Pictures float around the internet. Pinterest posts lose credits and copyright---captions are completely gone. Where did this picture come from? It certainly looks like a Civil War quilt made in the 1860s. The applique floral and grape vines. The dogtooth border in Turkey red. The color scheme. The craftswomanship. The canons and trumpets indicate an enthusiasm for war, something you wouldn't see in the 1850s. The federal shield was…

Banner Quilt made for General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War by the Ladies' Social Circle of Eureka, California. American Quilt, American War, American Soldiers, Patriotic Images, Flag Quilt, Civil War Quilts, Quilt Making, Eagles, Bald Eagle

Grant Banner Quilt

Banner Quilt made for General Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War by the Ladies' Social Circle of Eureka, California. Collection of the Clarke Museum in Eureka. Every couple of years the Clarke Historical Museum shows this fragile quilt. It's been on display this summer, coming down today, September 2, 2017. Humboldt County Quilts Over Time is showing over two dozen quilts from the Clarke Museum’s collection. http://www.clarkemuseum.org/humboldt-county-quilts-over-time.html The center…

Potholder Quilt: Any Holder but a Slave Holder Beloit Wisconsin, Crazy Quilt Blocks, Civil War Quilts, Pot Holders, Bohemian Rug, Pictures, Gingham Quilt, Photo Illustration, Paintings

Potholder Quilt: Any Holder but a Slave Holder

"Good Bye Dixie" A few years ago a California blogger wrote a post about a family hand-me-down: A crazy quilt from Beloit (Wisconsin?) It's a typical crazy quilt from about 1880-1900, but she thought the picture of the freed slaves saying "Good Bye Dixie" indicated it was from the Civil War era, twenty years earlier. The embroidered image might have been stitched in the 1860s, saved in the later quilt. The image is of a dancing African-American couple seen from the rear. It looks like Berlin…