The Civil War in Missouri

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Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair Raffle Prize Quilt

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Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Western Sanitary Commission provided supplies and services for sick and wounded soldiers, orphans, refugees, and freedmen in the Trans-Mississippi region. Its biggest fund-raising event was the Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair. This quilt is identified as a raffle prize in the Daily Countersign, the fair's newsletter, where it is described as "a heavy silk quilt, made entirely of the national colors, beautifully combined, and corded heavily with scarlet, finished at the corners by tassels. We understand no definite price has yet been fixed upon it, but it will be raffled for before the close of the Fair, so those who desire it would do well to secure their chance." The quilt, valued at $125, was won by Miss Lizzie Haussler.