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1863 Susannah Pullen's Civil War Quilt

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Quilter:
Pullen, Mrs. Gilbert
Quilters:
unknown
Physical Description:
fabric, cotton (overall material)
thread, cotton (overall material)
filling, cotton (overall material)
pieced; lined, quilted (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 84 in x 50 in; 213 cm x 126 cm
Object Name:
quilt
Object Type:
quilts
Date made:
1863
Description:
Mrs. Gilbert (Susannah G.) Pullen and her Sunday school class made this pieced quilt in Augusta, Maine in 1863. She followed the guidelines set by the U.S. Sanitary Commission for bedding to be used in the Civil War. The fourteen young ladies in the Sunday school class contributed over 150 inscriptions that were penned on the quilt's fifteen separate star-patterned blocks. They chose Bible passages, stories to uplift and guide, and riddles to which the answer was only to be found in the Bible. They also provided numerous inscriptions on practical health advice, patriotic messages, and light-hearted riddles. Even personal messages such as: "If you are good looking send me your photograph. Direct to the name in the large square. E.G.D." appeared on the quilt. It was hoped that the quilt would not only provide a diversion for the wounded soldiers during their long days recovering in hospital but also "alleviate or prevent disease and lead to happiness and Heaven." The numerous inscriptions on this quilt provide an insight into the feelings and concerns of the period and perhaps all war eras.
Susannah Pullen expressed hope for correspondence when she penned these words on the quilt: "We have many dear friends connected with the army & any proper letters from any persons embraced in the defense of our country, received by any whose names are on this quilt shall have a reply. Tell us if nothing more its destination. We meet with many others to sew for you every Wednesday and your letters would prompt us to more exertions for our patriots." Two letters remain with the quilt and attest to its use at the Carver and Armory Square Hospitals in Washington D.C. A letter from Sergt. Nelson S. Fales of Nov. 22, 1863 eloquently expresses his gratitude: "Dear Madam I have had the pleasure of seeing the beautiful 'Quilt' sent by you to cheer and comfort the Maine Soldiers. I have read the mottoes, sentiments, etc., inscribed thereon with much pleasure and profit."
On the back of the quilt Susannah Pullen penned these words: “The commencement of this war took place Apr. 12th 1861. The first gun was fired from Fort Sumter. God speed the time when we can tell when, and where, the last gun was fired; & ‘we shall learn war no more.’ If this quilt survives the war we would like to have it returned to Mrs. Gilbert Pullen, Augusta, Me . . . This quilt completed Sept. 1st 1863.” It did survive use during the Civil War, and it was returned to Mrs. Pullen as she requested.
Susannah G. Corey was born in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1816. She married Gilbert Pullen (1810-1890) April 26, 1840. Gilbert was listed as a marble cutter on the 1850 census. They lived in Augusta, Maine with their two daughters, Susan E. and Charlotte. Susannah and Gilbert were members of the First Baptist Church. Susannah died November 26, 1871, and is buried in the Forest Grove Cemetery in Augusta, Maine.
Susannah Pullen's Civil War Quilt was exhibited at a library in Augusta, Maine, for many years. Over time the inscriptions faded, but fortunately a transcription of them was made in the early-twentieth century. In 1936 Susannah’s granddaughter, Gertrude B. Davis, donated the quilt in her mother’s name, Charlotte Pullen Scruton. It is a reminder of the efforts of the many women who used their needlework and organizational skills to provide comfort for the armies of both the North and South.
Location:
Currently not on view
Subject:
Quilting
Civil War
Patriotic
Maine
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charlotte Pullen Scruton
ID Number:
TE*T07726
Accession number:
138338
Catalog number:
T07726
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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(left to right): Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. (1916-1998), Meredith Pullen Crawford (1911-2002), and Crawford's wife

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Creator:
Schneider, Carl
Subject:
Crawford, Meredith Pullen 1911-2002
Stahr, Elvis J (Elvis Jacob) 1916-1998
Indiana University
National Audubon Society
George Washington University Human Resources Research Office
United States Department of the Army
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1961
Summary:
Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. (1916-1998) was U.S. Secretary of the Army when photograph was taken; he later became president of Indiana University, 1962-1968, and president of Audubon Society, 1968-1981. Meredith Pullen Crawford (1911-2002), an administrator at George Washington University, was being given an award for work in systems analysis and human resources.
Cite as:
Acc. 90-105 - Science Service, Records, 1920s-1970s, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Topic:
Industrial and organizational psychology
Local number:
SIA Acc. 90-105 [SIA2008-0696]
Restrictions:
All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email OSIAREF@si.edu)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

Isaac Pullen (d. 1867), (painting)

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Painter:
Marlatt, James C.
Subject:
Pullen, Isaac
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1860
Notes:
Historical Society of Princeton (N.j.) Survey, 1975.
Topic:
Portrait male--Full length
Control number:
IAP 32050681
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Choriceras tricorne (Benth.) Airy Shaw

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Min. Elevation:
30
Biogeographical Region:
60 - Southwestern Pacific
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Near Morehead Patrol Post, Western, Papua New Guinea, Pacific
Collection Date:
28 Aug 1967
Specimen Count:
1
Crowdsourcing:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
Record Last Modified:
8 Sep 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Euphorbiales Euphorbiaceae
Published Name:
Choriceras tricorne (Benth.) Airy Shaw
Barcode:
01270087
USNM Number:
2916363
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Poranthera microphylla Brongn.

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Min. Elevation:
640
Biogeographical Region:
50 - Australia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Molonglo Gorge, Kowen District., New South Wales, Australia, Australasia
Collection Date:
12 Oct 1961
Specimen Count:
1
Crowdsourcing:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
Record Last Modified:
18 Jan 2017
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Euphorbiales Euphorbiaceae
Published Name:
Poranthera microphylla Brongn.
Barcode:
01320079
USNM Number:
2393755
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Sapium indicum Willd.

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Min. Elevation:
5
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Morehead River, c. 8 miles inland at Long. 141.30' E; Western District, Terr. of Papua., Western Province, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
15 Aug 1967
Specimen Count:
1
Crowdsourcing:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
Record Last Modified:
8 Sep 2016
Common name:
'Kisereh'
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Euphorbiales Euphorbiaceae
Published Name:
Sapium indicum Willd.
Barcode:
01290576
USNM Number:
2916378
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Ampelopteris prolifera (Retz.) Copel.

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Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
New Guinea: Middle Fly River, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
1 Nov 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Polypodiales Thelypteridaceae
Published Name:
Ampelopteris prolifera (Retz.) Copel.
Barcode:
01542059
USNM Number:
2613623
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Melanthera sp.

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Biogeographical Region:
50 - Australia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
C. 21 km W of Wollogorang on the road to "Calvert Hills", Northern Territory, Australia, Australasia
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
25 Jan 2017
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Asterales Asteraceae
Published Name:
Melanthera sp.
Barcode:
01774145
USNM Number:
3027631
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Ozothamnus stirlingii (F. Muell.) Anderb.

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Min. Elevation:
1280
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Australian Capital Territory, Cotter Valley slope of the Brindabella Range near Mt. Aggie, Cotter River District., Australia
Collection Date:
6 Dec 1961
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
25 Jan 2017
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Asterales Asteraceae
Published Name:
Ozothamnus stirlingii (F. Muell.) Anderb.
Barcode:
01741700
USNM Number:
2393763
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Pterocaulon sp.

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Biogeographical Region:
50 - Australia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Road to Borroloola from "Creswell Downs", Northern Territory, Australia, Australasia
Collection Date:
16 May 1974
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
25 Jan 2017
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Asterales Asteraceae
Published Name:
Pterocaulon sp.
Barcode:
01438354
USNM Number:
3027630
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Olearia argophylla

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Min. Elevation:
1097
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Blue Range, at head of Swamp Creek., Australia
Collection Date:
15 Nov 1961
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
10 Jan 2017
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Asterales Asteraceae
Published Name:
Olearia argophylla
Barcode:
01715122
USNM Number:
2393760
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Acacia dawsoni R.T. Baker

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Min. Elevation:
610
Biogeographical Region:
50 - Australia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Australian Capital Territory. Molonglo Gorge, Kowen District., Australia, Australasia
Collection Date:
12 Oct 1961
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
19 Apr 2017
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Rosales Fabaceae Mimosoideae
Published Name:
Acacia dawsoni R.T. Baker
Barcode:
02198257
USNM Number:
2393757
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Acacia sp.

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Biogeographical Region:
50 - Australia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Northern Terrotory.Katherine George National Park, 32 km E of Katherine township., Northern Territory, Australia, Australasia
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
19 Apr 2017
Common name:
acacia
wattle
Taxonomy:
Plantae Dicotyledonae Rosales Fabaceae Mimosoideae
Published Name:
Acacia sp.
Barcode:
02199730
USNM Number:
3027634
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Diplazium cordifolium Blume

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Min. Elevation:
1829
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Kainantu Sub-district: E Highlands; Terr. of New Guinea, Range ca. 6 miles N of Kainantu, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
5 Oct 1957
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
1 Nov 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Polypodiales Athyriaceae
Published Name:
Diplazium cordifolium Blume
Barcode:
01535602
USNM Number:
2830475
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Alsophila sp.

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Min. Elevation:
323
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
New Guinea. Minj-Nona Dividee, Kubor Range S. of Minj, Western Highlands District, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
5 Jul 1963
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
16 Sep 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Cyatheales Cyatheaceae
Published Name:
Alsophila sp.
Barcode:
01455689
USNM Number:
2577434
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Alsophila pachyrrhachis (Copel.) R.M. Tryon

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Min. Elevation:
2896
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
New Guinea. Minj-Nona Divide, Kubor Range S. of Minj, Western Highlands District, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
28 Aug 1963
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
16 Sep 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Cyatheales Cyatheaceae
Published Name:
Alsophila pachyrrhachis (Copel.) R.M. Tryon
Barcode:
01455630
USNM Number:
2577455
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Gleichenia vulcanica Blume

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Min. Elevation:
3642
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
New Guinea. Upper slopes of Mt. Kinkain, Kubior Range S. of Minj., Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
30 Jul 1963
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
19 Sep 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Gleicheniales Gleicheniaceae
Published Name:
Gleichenia vulcanica Blume
Barcode:
01421282
USNM Number:
2577433
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Alsophila pachyrrhachis (Copel.) R.M. Tryon

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Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
New Guinea. Western Highlands District: Minj-Nona Divide, Kubor Range S of Minj, Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
28 Aug 1963
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
16 Sep 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Cyatheales Cyatheaceae
Published Name:
Alsophila pachyrrhachis (Copel.) R.M. Tryon
Barcode:
01455632
USNM Number:
2577441
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

Prosaptia obliquata (Blume) Mett.

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Min. Elevation:
2880
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
New Guinea, Minj-Nona Divide, N.slope of Kubor Range, S. of Minj, Western Highlands District., Western Highlands, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
23 Aug 1913
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
31 Oct 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Polypodiales Polypodiaceae
Published Name:
Prosaptia obliquata (Blume) Mett.
Barcode:
01611640
USNM Number:
2577425
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Dennstaedtia sp.

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Min. Elevation:
2438
Biogeographical Region:
43 - Papuasia
Collector:
Royal Pullen
Place:
Area Goroka sub-district; E. Highlands; Terr. of New Guinea. Asaro-Mairifutica divide; ½ mile S. of Daulo camp, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Tropical
Collection Date:
4 Aug 1957
Specimen Count:
1
Record Last Modified:
16 Sep 2016
Taxonomy:
Plantae Pteridophyte Polypodiales Dennstaedtiaceae
Published Name:
Dennstaedtia sp.
Barcode:
01465249
USNM Number:
2259908
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Data Source:
NMNH - Botany Dept.

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