Block 2 Checkered Allegiances
12" version with 1" frame
by Sandi Brothers
A checkered block represents the heart of the Southern and Northern loyalties in the Morgan family.
Photographer Andrew Lytle recorded
Baton Rouge's occupation.
Here, Union tents camped near the Morgans' houses.
James Morris Morgan was about
17 in 1862. He'd been a cadet at the
United States Naval
Academy when the war began.
Brother-in-law Richard Coulter Drum
was promoted to General after the War.
Sister Lavinia Morgan Drum, ten years older than Sarah, was married to a Captain in the United States Army, one who remained loyal to the Union. Lavinia and Captain Drum spent the Civil War in California.
With father and brother Henry dead and the others in the armed forces on opposing sides, the Morgan women---mother, sisters and sisters-in-law---were left in their homes, adjacent houses on
Church Street. Should they stay in town and brave the coming battles or flee to a family
home in rural Greenwell Springs? Unpracticed in making important decisions, they felt unable to act.
From Sarah's diary:
June 4 1862, Baton Rouge
"Our condition is desperate. [Confederate General] Beauregard is about attacking these Federals. They say he is coming from
and the fight will be in town. If true we are lost again. Starvation at
Greenwell, fever and bullets here, will put an end to us soon enough. There is
no refuge for us, no one to consult. Brother [Philip], whose judgment we rely on as
implicitly as we did on father's we hear has gone to Corinth New
York; there is no man in
whose decision I would blindly abide by. Let us stay and die. We can only die
once; we can suffer a thousand deaths with suspense and uncertainty." Louisiana
Applique a heart or a star after piecing.
A – Cut 2 light and 2 medium light squares 4-3/4".
B - Cut 1 dark and 1 medium dark square 7-1/4". Cut each into 4 triangles with 2 cuts.
A – Cut 2 light and 2 medium light squares 3-3/8" (3-5/16" if you use the 1/16" default in EQ).
B - Cut 1 dark and 1 medium dark square 5-1/4" (5-3/16"). Cut each into 4 triangles with 2 cuts.
Notice how the dark/light shading changes in those triangles.
James in his seventies
Sarah wasn't the only writer in the Morgan family. Brother James wrote his own memoirs of the Confederate Navy.
And their Union-sympathizing brother Philip Hicky Morgan left his mark as grandfather to the three beautiful Morgan sisters of the 1920s: Consuelo Morgan Thaw and twins Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt and Thelma Morgan, Lady Furness. Read more about the more modern Morgans here: