The 1864 Belfast Civil War Soldier's Quilt is 150 years old this month

By Megan Pinette | Jun 22, 2014

 

The Belfast Museum is pleased to announce the 1864 Belfast Civil War Quilt, stitched by the Ladies Aid Society in June of 1864, is 150 years old this month. On June 17, 1864, a group of 22 young women began to design, cut and sew an inspirational bed quilt to send to a soldiers hospital in Washington, DC. The quilt was ready for shipment on July 7 and, after arriving at the Armory Square Hospital, it was put on display for all the sick and wounded soldiers to see in one of the many wards. Out of the approximately 250,000 quilts made by Northern women during the war, only 17 are known to still exist. The quilt, now on display at the Belfast Museum, is one of those very rare quilts. Come and learn the full story about the quilt. The Belfast Museum is located at 10 Market Street, hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00, admission is free. Call 338-9229.

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