On April 2, 2004; quality living historians from around the country will meet at Mansfield, Louisiana to recreate the campaigner battalion of the 15th Texas Infantry, Polignac's Brigade, Mouton's Division, Taylor's Army of West Louisiana during the Red River campaign. The purpose of the 15 mile march from Mansfield to Pleasant Hill is to raise funds to help save the historic Mansfield battlefield.
To that end, Mike Anderson of Anderson Dry Goods is donating a beautiful Mid 1800"s "homespun" utility quilt, as carried by many CW soldiers on both sides. Aprox. size is 58" X 90". Back side is a "homespun" cotton, off-white or light tan in color. Cotton batting between the two outer layers. Top layer is alternating vertical panels of plain "homespun" , then a panel of four-patch blocks set on point. (Similar to quilt on page 29, bottom right, in the book Southern Quilts by Bets Ramsey & Merikay Waldvogel)
Plain panels are of FHW "homespun", Shenandoah pattern. Hand quilting will be done in the "fan" pattern.
Pictures to the left are portions of the front side.
How it works: Chances are $5 or 3 for $10. Purchase $125 from me and you are automatically entered. Just before the event I will post all the entry forms (which I fill out on this end for you) and will mail them to Mike Anderson who will be attending the event. Mike will then notify the winning party who will either receive the quilt at the event, if they attend, or it will be shipped out by Mike to you. All checks should be made out to Joe Hofmann with Mansfield, LA in the memo line. I will then send a lump sum check to the organizers.
Below are images of the various patterns and overall bacground material of the quilt. Recerse side will be tan.
This quilt is valued at over $300!