Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Sanitary Commission

A replica of my Sanitary Commission Stamp

United States Sanitary Commission

 Shortly after the beginning of the War, the attack on Fort Sumter April, 12, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln signed the legislation for the United States Sanitary Commission. The purpose was to work for better field and hospital conditions for the soldiers. A call for quilts or comforts was issued in 1861. The size requested was “8 feet long, 4 feet wide”.

America’s ‘industrial war complex’ of the mid 19 the Century was primitive and unprepared for the rapid call up of fighting men. In especially short supply were articles of clothing and bedding.

Northern women staged Sanitary Fairs to raise funds for the cause. They also quickly formed numerous Soldiers’ Aid Societies to supply shirts, socks and bedding for the war effort. Most of these items were distributed through the Sanitary Commission. Frequently the back of these donated quilts was stamped....Sanitary Commission.

An estimated 250,00 quilts were turned in but there are only a few known survivors. 

This overall print is part of my A Solider's Quilt line from Washington Street Studio. Shipping early Nov '18

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