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From "A Promise Moon," Chapter 18, page 196:

     Later that night, Joe sewed his name on the back of his uniform shirt so his body could be identified. His men gathered around small scattered fires. They sat far enough away from the flames to avoid being Confederate targets, but close enough so the smoke chased away the mosquitoes. The men without a "housewife" waited their turn to borrow his needle. His sewing kit, or "housewife," was donated by the Civil War Womenís Relief Corps. A simple cloth bag with red drawstrings, it contained needles, thread, buttons and scissors.

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A "housewife" is a portable sewing kit, assembled by volunteers, usually women belonging to such groups as the Civil War Womenís Relief Corps, or sisters, wives, and/or mothers. Buttons, needles, thread, yarn, a thimble, scraps of cloth to use as patches, sometimes scissors and whatever else was handy were commonly enclosed. These portable kits were usually designed to roll up or be folded for portability. String or leather straps were used to fasten them, although a button could also be used. The design and content were inspired by the materials at hand and the resourcefulness of the women who were making them.


A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War.


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