Louisiana can represent the Morgan family and all the Southern soldiers.
During the spring of 1861 the new Confederacy established an army, organizing local militia, seizing federal weapons at Southern armories and issuing a call for troops. The first call established a 12-month term of service. Surely the War would be over by the spring of 1862.
Unknown Confederate soldier.
All the portraits on this page are of unknown sitters
from the Library of Congress
Diarist Sarah Morgan, who speaks for many Confederate women, changed from a careless girl to a heart-broken woman during the War. The contrast is evident in the evolution of her writing about her brothers. Her first enthusiastic accounts of George, Gibbes and Jimmy joining the Confederate troops reflected dreams of battlefield glory.
July 11th, 1862.
Sarah's hopes for her brothers' heroics soon became anxiety for their safety and vain prayers for their survival. In the last months of the War both Gibbes and George died within a week."A letter from George this morning! It was written on the 20th of June, and he speaks of being on crutches in consequence of his horse having fallen with him, and injured his knee. Perhaps, then, he was not in the first battle of the 25th? But bah! I know George too well to imagine he would keep quiet at such a moment, if he could possibly stand! I am sure he was there with the rest of the
regiment. The papers say 'the conduct of the First Louisiana is beyond all praise'; of course, George was there!" Louisiana
On the 30th of January  came [Gibbes's] last letter, addressed to me, though meant for [his wife]. It was dated the 12th — the day George died. All his letters pleaded that I would write more frequently — he loved to hear from me; so I had been writing to him every ten days. On the 3d of February I sent my last.
Friday the 5th… I saw [our eldest] Brother pass the door, and heard him ask for mother. The voice, the bowed head, the look of utter despair on his face, struck through me like a knife. 'Gibbes! Gibbes!' was my sole thought; but Miriam and I stood motionless looking at each other without a word. 'Gibbes is dead,' said mother as he stood before her. He did not speak…"
Sarah's diary speaks so eloquently of the family loss, but she, her sisters, sisters-in-law and mother were just a very few of the hundreds of thousands of women who lost soldiers during the Civil War.
Two percent of the population of the
United States died during the 4-year War.
The block Louisiana was first published in Hearth and Home magazine about a century ago when the magazine asked readers to mail in blocks named for their home states. The BlockBase # is 1335.
Cutting the 8" Finished Block
A - Cut 4 dark rectangles 4-1/2" x 2-1/2"
B- Cut 4 medium squares 2 -7/8" Cut each diagonally with one cut.
You need 8 triangles.
C - Cut 1 light square 5-1/4". Cut into 4 triangles with 2 cuts. You need 4 triangles.
The photographs of the Confederate soldiers are from Civil War Faces, a webpage from Flickr and the Library of Congress. The Liljenquist Family recently donated their rare collection of almost 700 ambrotype and tintype photographs to the Library of Congress in remembrance of the
Union and Confederate soldiers who served. Click here to see more portraits.
And see the post about block #3 Seven Sisters for information about Sarah Morgan and her Louisiana diary.