Patriotic envelopes were used to boost morale and support the war effort; many depicted women and their special hardships as wives and mothers.
(From the University of Virginia Library)
This block is called Peace and Plenty
Post-Civil War orators often called for a reunified American peace and plenty. This biblical phrase was borrowed by Shakespeare. King Cymbeline’s reunion with his sons, torn away by war, promised his country peace and plenty. A Scottish song published in 1776 carried the words in the new world as a symbol for reunion:
“Lay your disputes all aside…May peace and plenty be (our) lot.”
(From the Barbara Brackman Civil War Sampler)
This block is probably a little bright for a Civil War quilt and I don’t have much more of the green to put elsewhere. I had it in my stash and I do like these colors together so I used them…
I liked these colors together so I used them in just two colors for this block.
This block recalls the basic problem with the Union's initial war philosophy: The Civil War was a war to maintain the Union--not to free the slaves. Abraham Lincoln explained the challenge in a letter to newspaper Horace Greeley (a lawyer's letter to be sure):
"If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving other alone, I would also do that. What I do about slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save (the) Union... I have here stated my purpose according to my view of official duty; and I intend no modification of my oft-expressed personal wish that all men everywhere could be free."
A few months later Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves in the rebellious states and continuing the process of untangling the complex knot of slavery and union. Recall the conflict between Lincoln's official and personal views with an old block called Yankee Puzzle by Ruth Finley in her 1929 quilt book, "Old Patchwork Quilts and the Women Who Made Them".
Reference from Edward McPherson, The Political History of the United States of America during the Great Rebellion (Washington: Philp & Solomons, 1865), p.334 and used in Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler book to explain this block.
Till next time, Hugs, LJ