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
thanks Barbara for this lovely block!
Another great history lesson...and a great block. It is becoming part of my Saturday morning ritual!
Thanks for the history. It's great to go through this year with these pieces of information joining the other things I know about the CW, and to have blocks that go with each one. Helps me remember.
Wonderful post and a nice, easy block. I have completed the block and posted a picture along with a how-to on my blog.
I have been following this Civil War blog, patterns and history since January and decided that I just couldn't start another project,,well, my mind just wouldn't be quiet. So today, I am going to attempt to catch up with the blocks. I'm excited, yet fearful. So here I go, will post a block when it's done. whew!!
Enjoying every block and history lesson as much as the first. First thing that I do on Saturday mornings, was thrilled to finish the first two rows today.
The cream fabric on the Fox and Geese block by Becky Brown is beautiful! Any idea what pattern or company this is made by? I would love to locate some.
These are all wonderful! I have been out of commission for several months and have only just now discovered this blog and the weekly Civil War blocks. You are so generous with your knowledge and time. It is very much appreciated. I am hopeing that the CW quilt group I belong to will be interested in doing these blocks if they havent already started. Thanks again. Now to go back and catch up.
Thanks a lot for this blog, Barbara ! I love reading the history too ! This blog is my favorite ! ;-)
I have posted my block on my blog (http://corazonesacolchados.blogspot.com/2011/05/nuevos-bloques-para-el-sampler.html)
Hugs from Spain!!
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