Saturday, August 9, 2014

Soldiers' Quilt from Upstate New York, 1865

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

Yates Center Cemetery, Orleans County, New York


WoolenSails said...

I love that quilt, and how they added the sentiments. It is a nice idea for our soldiers now, especially those recovering from injuries.


Jeanne said...

The names and dates in this article are poignant ...

momto1 said...

I finally made it to the exhibit yesterday. What an excellent exhibit it is. Thank you so much for mentioning it in your blog. The whole display brings a very different perspective to the devastation of the Civil War than I had had before.