A crocheted wool afghan embroidered in wool cross stitch floral motifs. The center has a spread eagle with shield, arrows, and a fruited branch, and the initials “TP” and “USA.” Made for Tattnall Paulding by one of his sisters during the Civil War. Tattnall was born July 5, 1840 and at the outbreak of the Civil War was commissioned a First Lieutenant on May 14, 1861 and joined the New York regiment. He was captured at Gettysburg and spent nine months in Libby Prison in Richmond, VA. After being liberated he rejoined his regiment and resigned active duty July 1866. He died March 5, 1907. He was the grandfather of donor.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1863
Physical Description
embroidery (overall production method/technique)
wool (overall material)
crochet (overall production method/technique)
overall: 79 in x 79 in; 200.66 cm x 200.66 cm
place made
United States: New York, Brooklyn
made at
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Victorian Needlework
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Col. and Mrs. Whitney Ashbridge
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