An unknown number of Confederate women disguised themselves as men and served as soldiers. Among the proof sheets of his book My Reminiscences of the War and Reconstruction Thomas Pinckney, a member of the 4th South Carolina Cavalry captured during the war, describes his May 31, 1864 discovery that a fellow prisoner was actually a woman whom he later suspected was Barbara Ann Duravan of Tennessee. Her captors did not discover Duravan's gender until after her death in the Alton, Illinois penitentiary (used during the war to hold Confederate prisoners). They buried her in the Confederate Cemetery with her comrades.
This block is entitled Fox and Geese.... The pattern is an old design given that name in Carrie Hall's 1935 index to patterns. There are many variation of these four patches made of large and small triangles, but no record of what mid nineteenth century quilters might have called them.
The plain greenish fabric comes from curtains that hung in my moms sitting room when she lived with us during the last years of her life.