By: Virginia Eisemon
In 1863, Susannah G. Pullen, a Sunday school teacher in Augusta, Maine, with her class completed a quilt for use in the Civil War hospitals in Washington, D. C. This paper is the result of research on both the quilt as a textile document as well as the information that was revealed in two letters written by soldiers who were patients in the hospitals where the quilt was utilized. It explores through analysis of the inscriptions on the quilt some of the feelings and concerns of the civilian population during the Civil War. Letters from the soldiers about the quilt provide insight into hospital life and the role of women who were involved in patient care. The Sunday School Scholars Quilt is a testimony to the dedication of women both at home, in the hospitals and on the battlefields during the Civil War.