Covering the War


Made by the Ladies of the Fort Hill Sewing Circle
Dated 1864
Made in Hingham, Massachusetts
From the collection of the Barbara Knapp Trust

Civil War Postal Cover
Nebraska State Historical Society
O 7294-2836

The Nine Patch block near this quilt’s center states it was “presented to the Soldiers.” The U.S. Sanitary Commission stamp on the quilt’s back indicates the quilt probably was sent to wounded Union soldiers in a military hospital. The quiltmakers wrote words of religious encouragement and patriotic sentiment on the quilt, making the quilt a fabric message of physical and spiritual healing and an expression of political support.