Fox and Geese can represent the standoff for control of
that occupied political discussions in early April 150 years ago. While spring bloomed, an uneasiness settled North and South as Fort Sumter took over the federal government. Sarah Rousseau Espey in Lincoln sought solace in her needlework. Alabama
March 25, 1861Pretty day, C. started to Georgia this morning, our folks [slaves] commenced planting corn; I still feel that strange depression of spirit, and dread of coming evil for which I cannot account; it seems that something dreadful is before us. Commenced fringing a counterpane.
troops fire on the U.S. Navy and be viewed as the aggressors? Attacking the U.S. Navy would surely be an act of war. It was a game of Fox and Geese, and Fox was out maneuvered. The Confederates assaulted the Union-held Fort before the Baltic and the other ships arrived. Who was the aggressor then? Wasn't the Southern state just defending her borders? South Carolina
The Confederates assaulted the Fort from the batteries in Charleston harbor. After observing the two-day battle, Fox and the Baltic rescued the federal soldiers who abandoned
to the Confederacy. Fort Sumter
The Confederate flag flies over a battered Fort Sumter
On April 16, Sarah Espey wrote:
The Fox and Geese pattern is a 19th-century design that was given that name in Carrie Hall's 1935 index to patterns. There are many variations of these four patches made of large and small triangles, but no record of what mid-19th-century quilters might have called them. It's #1313 in my Encyclopedia and BlockBase.A stormy day and getting cold….Thomas went to Hale's and learned that the Carolinians have taken Fort Sumter and that our other volunteer company is ordered to Fort-Pickens, so I suppose the war is now opened….
Cutting an 8" Finished Block
A - Cut 2 light and 2 dark squares 2-7/8"
Cut each in half diagonally to make two triangles. You need 4 of each shade.
B - Cut 4 dark squares 2-1/2"
C - Cut 1 light and 1 dark square 4-7/8".
Cut each in half diagonally to make two triangles. You need 2 of each shade.
Finish by making a larger 4-patch.
Read Sarah Espey's diary for the year 1862 online here:
Gustavus Fox was a Navy man who'd graduated from the
The Bay State Mills were the largest woolen mills
in Massachusetts in the late 19th century