Four Patch quilt top dated 1864 in ink
"Three cheers for the Red white & blue"
I had not noticed this four-patch in the collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. The other day I came across it and was pleased to see how well it's been photographed.
1864 Civil War Album Quilt Top
60" x 90"
National Museum of American History,
Kenneth E. Behring Center
From the web page:
Several squares are dated “1864” and some state a place, “Amherst.” Most squares contain religious messages, but some secular inscriptions are evident: “Three cheers for the Red, white & blue 1864” and “God save Gen. Grant and his brave men.”
The blocks are four patches of plain white and print.
The sentiments are inked but there don't seem to be any signatures.
One can guess that this was meant to be a soldier's quilt for a hospital.
See the file here:
You can click on the photo making it larger until you can
see all the prints and plaids in detail.
Amherst New Hampshire
Amherst New York
Amherst South Dakota
UPDATE: A commenter (is there an official word for a commenter?) noticed the location Massachusetts in one of the Smithsonian's photos. Thanks.