Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dixie Diary 10: Shooting Stars

Dixie Diary 10
Shooting Stars
8" Version

The tenth block recalls the Bombardment of Fort Hudson, to which Sarah, her sisters and friends had a ringside seat.

Confederate Battery on a bluff over the Mississippi

Shooting Stars
A 12" version with a 1" frame, set on point
By Sandi Brothers

In the spring of 1863 the Union Navy tried to pass a Confederate battery dug in at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. The Confederate troops held, despite a terrific cannon battle heard by Sarah Morgan and the women living at nearby Linwood.

The orange sunburst is the site of the Battle of Port Hudson.
The white square is Linwood Plantation


March 14, 1863, Linwood, East Feliciana Parish

"They are coming! The Yankees are coming at last! For four or five hours the sound of their cannon has assailed our ears. There! - that one shook my bed! Oh, they are coming! God grant us the victory! They are now within four miles of us, on the big road to Baton Rouge. …

[Sarah is mistaken here---what she was hearing was Confederate cannon firing at the Union ships, and some answering fire from the ships.]

Currier & Ives print
Admiral David Farragut led a fleet of 7 Union Ships
past the batteries on shore. Only two made it past the Confederates.
The battle was not a real victory for either side
but many prints glorified the Union Navy.


"It has come at last! What an awful sound! I thought I had heard a bombardment before; but Baton Rouge was child's play compared to this. ….We have all been in Mrs. Carter's room, from the last window of which we can see the incessant flash of the guns and the great shooting stars of flame, which must be the hot shot of the enemy. There is a burning house in the distance, the second one we have seen to-night....Gathered in a knot within and without the window, we six women up here watched in the faint starlight the flashes from the guns, and silently wondered which of our friends were lying stiff and dead….

March 15


To my unspeakable surprise, I waked up this morning and found myself alive."


The Battle of Port Hudson
from Frank Leslie's Weekly



Cutting a 12" Block

A Cut a light square and a dark square 7 1/4"  (7-3/16" if you use the 1/16th default). Cut each into 4 triangles with 2 cuts. You will only need 2 of each shade.



B Cut 2 light and 2 dark rectangles 13-1/4"   (13-3/16" if you use the 1/16th default) x 3 1/2". Trim a 45 degree angle off the end of each. You can do this before you piece, but it might be easier to trim to a triangle after piecing.


Cutting an 8" Block

A Cut a light square and a dark square 5 1/4" (5-3/16" if you use the 1/16th default). Cut each into 4 triangles with 2 cuts. You will only need 2 of each shade.



B Cut 2 light and 2 dark rectangles 9-1/4" (9-3/16" if you use the 1/16th default) x 2 1/2". Trim a 45 degree angle off the end of each. You can do this before you piece, but it might be easier to trim to a triangle after piecing.




Optional applique:
Applique a star after piecing. (I don't know why I put a heart!!!!)
Go back to the January 5, 2013 post to see a JPG with the heart and the star.

Read more about Port Hudson:
http://www.knowla.org/entry/561/&view=image-gallery

Painting of the battle by Edward Everand Arnold

5 comments:

Lisa said...

These monthly entries with blocks are a treasure. Thank you for this wonderful gift.

Judith Blinkenberg said...

I agree. This has been the best history and quilt blocks I have ever done. I am moving so will have to wait to begin but they are indeed a real treasure. Yes, thank you for your work and for giving these to us. I will treasure them and begin when I get settled.

Sundae Quilter said...

Ms Brackman - thank you for sharing all of your knowledge of Civil War era quilts. I have a quilting question as I am making a quilt for my husband to use in reenacting. It is a 'column' quilt - alternate columns of solid fabric with columns of flying geese. Would the geese have been quilted in the ditch around the triangles or a quarter-inch in from the sides of the triangles. He wants it as authentic as possible. Thank you for your time. Nancy

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Anonymous said...

Can you tell me about the 1 16th default. I am very interested to start
Thanks
MARLYNE