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Chenoweth's Civil War Eagle Quilt


Chenoweth's Civil War Eagle Quilt. In 1860, Kristen Chenoweth's great-great-great grandmother Mary made an eagle quilt top for her Civil War soldier son who brought it from Missouri to Hinton Indian Territory in the Land Run of 1889. Mary chose our national emblem because it represents freedom, great strength, power, and a long life, which she was praying for her son and nation. The olive branch in the eagle's beak symbolizes the peace she and the nation so desperately yearned for. 

"The eagle was used as a national emblem because, early in the morning, at one of the first battles of the Revolution the noise of the struggle awoke the sleeping eagles and they flew from their nests and circles over the heads of the fighting men giving vent to their raucous cries. 'they are shrieking for Freedom, 'said the patriots.

Thus the eagle, full of the boundless sprit of freedom, strong and powerful, has become the national emblem of a country that offers freedom in word and thought and an opportunity for a full and free expansion into the boundless future." -- Maude M. Grant {Attached to wall hanging}