"[The first album quilt] was the inspiration of dear, sainted Mrs. Daniel Butler.... I wrote on my block one afternoon in my little old house on the four corners and 'Aunt Kitty' Follett sat by my side as I penned the lines. I had seen the other blocks and said, 'I am afraid Mrs. Butler will not think my verse dignified enough,' as most of the other verses were quotations from the Bible, but 'Aunt Kitty' said ---'oh! give them something to cheer them up, they need not all be dignified.' "
"One afternoon during the last year of the war I went into the sanitary[Commission] meeting at the residence of Mrs. H.S. Baird, whose doors were open always for the work and the flag raised on a staff in the yard told the regular meeting day, each week."
(More about Mrs. Baird later.)
"I said I would do my best, at the same time thinking it would not be my fault if some of these dignified dames did not receive a tender missive from some 'bold soldier boy.' "
Sweet be your dreams
Beneath this quilt,
Of Home may it remind you---
"God & Our Country"
Peace & love,
And the "girl you left behind you."
The second article about the quilt by Flora
We'll digress into the life of Elizabeth Baird who hosted the weekly Sanitary Commission Meetings next week.