As Flag Day is June 14th we can revisit the idea of the Civil War "Union" Quilt, a description we find often in old newspapers---but rarely do we see what a Union Quilt is. An exception:
You could buy one in Philadelphia in 1901 for $100
(maybe the equivalent of $3,500 today.) The ad tell us it has stars, stripes
Veteran's name quilt from Harrisburg, Illinois.
Illinois State Museum
Must a Union quilt have stars and stripes?
From a flag quilt made for Abbie Clark of Canandaigua, New York in 1866
Ontario County Historical Society
Quilt dated 1891 from Stella Rubin's inventory
Ellen Lucinda Bennett Welch (1842-1918), Connecticut, 1861
Or will any patriotic quilt qualify?
Made any time after the beginning of the Civil War?
In 1911 Mrs. Benjamin Wallace of Grand Ledge, Michigan
finished a quilt of very small pieces,
"which is called a union quilt, the colors being red, white and blue."
Even if it's just a regular old quilt in red, white and blue?
Quilt made in 1909
A Union quilt at the Methodist church fair in Selma, California,
I have to conclude that a Union Quilt is anything one might consider patriotic, whether because of the imagery or the colors of the flag.
The press of the early-20th-century often referred to the red, white and blue as "The National Colors," a search I used to find some of these references.
See some earlier posts on Union Quilts:
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