1864 Civil War Album Quilt Top

Description
Three hundred eighty-four 3 ¾-inch squares of printed and plain white cottons were used to create this quilt top. The plain white squares were all inscribed in ink by many different hands. 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 pieced top was used to cover an older wool quilt (TE*T14021.00A) and the finished product was sent to a Union army hospital during the Civil War.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
quilt
quilt top
date made
1864
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
pieced, inscribed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 90 in x 60 in; 229 cm x 152 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Amherst
ID Number
TE*T14021.00B
accession number
272176
catalog number
T14021B
subject
Quilts
Civil War
Quilting
Textiles
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Quilts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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