An interesting bit of American history to kick off our Independence Day celebrations...
Fabric supplies, textile factories, and cotton fields directly influenced Union and Confederate strategies during the Civil War. Did you know that Southern seamstresses, knitters, and weavers were even kidnapped by Union troops and deported to the North to cut off supplies to the Confederate Army? Learn more in this intriguing article from the New York Times.
Two exhibitions delve further into this period and its textiles:
The American Textile History Museum's exhibit “Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War,” runs now until November 25th, 2012 in Lowell, Massachusetts.
"Civil War Era Quilts From the Illinois State Museum" features
blankets made by the sisters and mothers of soldiers and is showing now through September 14th, 2012, in Chicago.
Happy 4th of July!