Quilt dated February 5, 1865, made by Sophronia Clark and friends, from
Yates Center, Orleans County, New York.
Collection of Janet Garrod Chinault.
This quilt is on exhibit in Home Front & Battlefield at the New York Historical Society.
Dated a few months before the end of the war, the album was probably made in a Soldiers' Aid Sewing Society. Several of the blocks have extensive inked sentiments with patriotic themes.
The quilt may have never made it to a hospital or battlefield.
It's in wonderful condition.
So many of these were made; so few survive.
One of Sophronia Clark's blocks:
"Wake, arise ye sons of freedom..."
The Homefront & Battlefield catalog contains transcriptions of several of the other sentiments on the quilt.
David E. Clark
Son of Isaac & Sophronia
Clark. Died June 31, 1862
Aged 21 Years