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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Civil War Bandages

 All over America, women gathered together to make bandages for the soldiers. Their table linens, bedsheets, clothing and even draperies served as coverings for wounds. Newspapers frequently printed directions.
 
The April 27, 1861 issue of the "Flushing Journal" of Long Island New York, published the following:
 
"Bandages may be made from soft, pliable unglazed muslin. Unglazed muslin. Unbleached muslin of medium quality is as good as the more expensive bleached material. If bandages are made by sewing together firm old muslin the seams should be flat. The following table exhibits the length, breadth, and proportion in which bandages should be prepared:
 
    1st Length, 6 yds. Breadth 4 in. Prop. 2-10
    2d Length, 6 yds. Breadth 3 in. Prop. 3-10
    3d Length, 6 yds. Breadth 2 1/2 Prop. 4-10
    4th Length, 1 1/2  Breadth 1      Prop. 1-10
 
"These should be evenly rolled, into compact cylinders, the free end securely fastened with two pins, and upon it the length distinctly marked. The rollers should then be made into packages of convenient size, by turning the free end of one roller around the remainder."

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