I've been quilting every spare minute this past week. Only 2 1/2 blocks to go on Baby Kitty's Quilt. Yea! I thought I'd better take some time off to post though, since it's been a week. Yikes! Where does time go?
Since I can't show my quilting progress, I'll share some Civil War history instead...
President Lincoln proclaimed a naval blockade of all southern ports on the Atlantic seaboard and the Gulf on April19, 1861. The plan was to keep the Confederacy from exporting their cotton crop and from receiving goods from abroad. The Union bought or hired 200 ships to implement the blockade. The blockade was extremely effective, though some small , fast-sailing blockade runners made it past the larger Union ships delivering much needed supplies. Still, by the end of November, 1861, cotton exports fell to only 5% of what they were before the war. Southern commerce was dramatically affected. British mills, no longer able to get the needed cotton from the south, began to buy raw cotton from Egypt and India instead. Cotton exports had been the biggest part of the south's economy, thus the term, King Cotton. Now with a sharp decline in cotton exports, the Confederacy began to want for even the basic necessities. It would only get worse.
I recently purchased this group photo taken in the 1860's. It appears to be a composite of photos for a girls' academy or maybe it's ladies involved in the Sanitary Commission. That's my best guess anyway. The back has a list of names. Maybe one of you will recognize a name.
This gentleman is identified as Chas. (Charles) K. An enlistment picture or "after the war" photo?
These two photos are of sisters, but I can't tell if it's the same two sisters' photos taken a few years apart or is it 4 sisters in separate photos grouped by similar ages. What do you think?
In case I forget it or don't blog again soon, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope we all have plenty to be thankful for. I know I do. Keep stitching!
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