This weeks block is called 'Smallpox'. Rosemary has included two diary entries. On June 29, 1863 Cora writes about a friend that has contracted smallpox. In the second entry dated July 11, 1863 Cora writes that her friend is starting to recover. I don't know very much about smallpox so I did some reading about it. Abraham Lincoln came down with smallpox after he gave the Gettysburg Address and was sick for about four weeks. Lincoln's valet caught the disease and died. In December 1862, Richmond's smallpox hospital admitted 250 patients. 110 of these patients died. Luckily we have vaccines to protect us from smallpox.
|Civil War Hospital, Washington D.C.|
|The block is broken down into easy to sew strips.|
|Here I am sewing the strips together.|
June 29, 1863
Next Saturday I will be working on the block called 'Surrender of Vicksburg' out of Rosemary's book.
Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!
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