Antique West Point US Military Embroidered Signature Quilt Tablecloth
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This is a unique antique embroidered signature linen tablecloth, also referred to as a signature quilt, although technically it is not a quilt. The piece features signed and dated names, the majority of which appear to be students at the USMA (United States Military Academy aka West Point), with the years 1891 and 1892 being most often signed - I believe that many of the students were from the class of 1893. The piece was made by each individual signing his name in pencil or ink and then a seamstress embroidering over the signature. Many of the names present went on to have prestigious military careers including generals, admirals and a Commandant of the Marine Corps, also a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
The piece measures 40” by 43” and is embroidered with some 90 or more names. It is in very good condition with a couple of light moisture stains, really minor.
The following is a list of notable names that is followed by a bio of each individual further down this page. Also following that is a list of names that I was able to cross reference with the West Point register for the year 1892. Finally, there is a list of names that I couldn’t find information on or that were difficult to read, so I’m not completely sure of who they were - if the name was difficult to make out, I indicated (unsure). It is possible that I missed a few names as the signatures are arranged in a scattered manner - perhaps there is someone else of note that I missed. Also, note bios are based on my personal research - in some cases, it may have been an individual with the same name, but given the general collection of names, the number of West Point students and other military attached to the Norfolk, Virginia area, I believe that my research is accurate.
NOTABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH BIOS
Wendell C Neville 9 March 92 (Commandant of the Marine Corps, medal of Honor recipient - see bio)
George H Jamerson July 4th 1892 ’91 WSMA - meant to read USMA (bio below)
Archibald Campbell General US Army Dec 20 1891 (bio below)
Albert Gustav Winterhalter May 26, 1891 (Admiral - bio below)
John F McGlensey Captain US Navy May 12th 1891 (Civil War Commander - see bio)
W Pitt Scott Nov 17 1895 (bio below)
Harry S Knapp May 19 1891 (Admiral - see bio below)
John M Morgan (bio below)
Seaton Schroeder May 12th 91 (Admiral - bio below)
Howard L Laubach (General - see bio below) Aug 25 92 93 WSMA
Kenzie W Walker June 30 92 (USMA Charged Up San Juan Hill - see bio)
WEST POINT STUDENTS, EITHER INDICATED OR RESEARCHED
CW Littlefield May 16 1891 (USMA)
Laurio H Bush (unsure) 94 USMA Aug 25 92
Harry Otto Penull USMA Aug 22nd 92
Mark I Bristol Dec 18 95 (USMA)
Fred G Lawton July 2nd 1892 (USMA - 2nd Lieutenant 19th infantry in 1894)
Wm S Morsell June 1 1891 (USMA)
AM Beecher Jan 1st 1895 (USMA)
Henry E Knox Jr. January 29th 1891 (might have been USMA)
HA Field March 3, 1891 (Harry A Field - USMA)
Howard Shield Mch 26 1891 (USMA)
Paul E Johnson (USMA)
JM Whitfield May 11 -91 (USMA)
ME Reed Dec 21 1891 (USMA)
DM King July 7 92 (USMA)
OTHER NAMES WITH OR WITHOUT INFORMATION
Sacred to the Memory CT De Witt Feby 28 1891 embroidered within a tombstone
Carey B Morgan Apr 4 97 (USN Ensign serving on the USS Michigan, co-author of song Oh Helen 1918)
HM Dombaugh May 23 91 (Naval Lieutenant in 1893 - mentioned in the book “The Admiral: The Memoirs of Albert Gleaves, Admiral, USN”)
CS Stanworth Jan 1st 95 (Commander USN, author of Naval Bases of the World)
R.H. Jackson May 19 1891(Lieutenant Colonel - killed in 1892))
Tench Francis Tilghman March 27 1891(son of Confederate soldier, banker)
Philip E Yeatman March 30 1891 (volunteered for the Spanish American war)
Frank S Corken Aug 22 92 94 (U.S. military stationed in the Philippines)
R Edmond Woodbridge Aug 22 94 (Robert - graduate of the Virginia Military Institute died 1923)
Edward E Feild Feby 22d 1891 Rx (A Virginia based doctor)
Henry H Barroll January 29th, 1890 (served on USS Marion in 1891)
Duke of Castelluccia 13 Aug 1892 (aka Ercole Tamajo, an officer in the Italian Army for 20 years, served in the Crimean War (1853-1856), and was decorated by the King of Italy for gallantry on the field)
William H Brady Feb 4 1896
S.K Johns Jr Feb 28 91(unsure)
John M Denison Jr Feb 18 91
Chas WB Lane Dec 15 1891
Harry Connelly Keeling Jany 29th 91
WHJ Logatt Dec 14 1891
JW Culpeper Nov 11 95
JF Marshall Nov 14 95
Konsett Brown Oct 22 95 (unsure)
J Wallarthur Died 1791 (unsure)
NE Niles May 12th 91
F Highlands Runis Feb 1st 1891 (unsure)
DW Bamugh Jr Aug 4 1891(unsure)
AF Norton May 21 1891
Robert L Russell May 27th 1891
Frank W Taylor Dec 18 91
Preston Kunsler Died 1864
IL Hubard Feb 28 1891
Arthur Corlies July 24 96
Sammy James Hugh July 18 1891 (unsure)
Jus J Tilton (unsure)
Benjamin Rowland Aug 30th 95
E Jackson Hawly Sept 2 91
Mason Terry Feb 25 96
Edw R Barr Jr
Randolph Harwood 11 Oct 95
Wm C Preston April 21 - 91
Francis B Harvey February 13th / 91
Killeadi Ciborni Nov 15th 95 (unsure)
E Brockenbrough Nov 95
Edward Rustedger Loundes Dec 31 1894 (unsure)
Geo B Henneberry Feby 28th 1891
Henry D Lloyd Aug 31 / 97
BB Camire Nov 17 95 (unsure)
Lieutenant (illegible) Lee Georg Scheidt 17/5/91
Lieutenant J Wintuner (illegible)
PTI Nime 19 V 91 (unsure)
Cary Gamble Mch 24th 1891 (unsure)
Geo F Moss July 12 / 95
H Taylor Smith Feby 28 1891
Saml N Pannell Nov 11 95
E Juan Hurst 18 May 1891
Carlo B Brettini (unsure) May 12 1891
W.S. Johns 2/28/91
T Lee Evans Feb 4 96
H Anson Richmond 1896
Frank S Corbin August 22 ’92 94
RC Byrd January 22nd 1891
Jus L Pearce Nov 11 / 95
Richard B Taylor
H Meade Osbourne (unembroidered)
Wendell Cushing Neville (May 12, 1870 – July 8, 1930)
Major General and 14th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Recipient of the Medal of Honor, the Marine Corps Brevet Medal, the French Fourragere, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the China Relief Expedition Medal, the Spanish Campaign Medal, the Spanish War Service Medal, the Philippine Campaign Medal, the Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, the Mexican Service Medal, the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, the Legion d’honneur, Grand Cross and Croix de Guerre. Saw action in all of the above mentioned places.
George H Jamerson
After graduation on June 12, 1893 and appointment as a second lieutenant of Infantry, he was assigned to the 7th U.S. Infantry stationed at Fort Logan, Colorado. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Lieutenant Jamerson left with his regiment for Cuba. There, at El Caney, he was cited for gallantry in action, breveted a first lieutenant and later awarded the Silver Star. After the Spanish surrender and a long convalescence from typho-malaria contracted during the war, he served until 1899 as Aide-de-camp to Brigadier General M. V. Sheridan, brother of General Phil Sheridan of Civil War fame
General Archibald Campbell
He graduated in the class of 1889 at West Point and saw active service in the Army for forty years. Serving in the Field Artillery, he participated in the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Uprising in China in 1900, the Philippine Insurrection and in World War I. From 1911 to 1916 he was Adjutant General of the Department of Hawaii and then was Assistant Adjutant General of the U. S. Army until he retired in 1929.
Albert Gustav Winterhalter
U.S. Naval Admiral Albert Gustav Winterhalter (1856-1920) was commander in chief of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet from 1915 to 1917. An 1877 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as flag lieutenant to Rear Admiral J.M. Miller who was Commander in Chief, Pacific Station. In that capacity he was responsible for the hoisting of the flag transferring Hawaii to the United States. After assuming command of the gunboat the Elcano and later the Paducah, he served as assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral, subsequently assuming the rank of full Admiral upon taking command of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet on July 11, 1915.
John F McGlensey
McGlensey had graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on June 1, 1861, when the Civil War was just six weeks old and Washingtonians feared for the safety of the capital. He was the commander of the tugboat James Murray, and was involved in a battle at Freestone Point on the Potomac on Sept 26th, 1861. He went on to participate in the capture of Port Royal, South Carolina on Nov 7, 1861.
McGlensey went on to earn his lieutenant’s bars and serve aboard the steamer Pocahontas and the ironclad monitor Nantucket. He remained in the navy after the war concluded and served on various vessels in American and international waters. McGlensey retired from the navy in 1893 as a captain, and died three years later at age 54.
Ensign W. Pitt Scott of USFS Olympia
Ensign Scott was aboard the Olympia during the Battle of Manila Bay. He gives an account that can be read online of his experience during the battle. The Olympia was the flagship and Admiral Dewey was aboard. His account is an interesting read.
Harry Shepard Knapp (June 27, 1856 – April 6, 1928)
Vice Admiral of the US Navy, Military Governor of Santo Domingo and Military Representative of the US in Haiti. Graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1878. He was the executive officer on the Dorothea during the Spanish American war and took command of the Cruiser Force Atlantic Fleet on Nov 8, 1915. He was the recipient of the Navy Cross.
John "M" Morgan
John Morgan graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1893.The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, presented the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Infantry) John "M" Morgan, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Commanding Officer of the 309th Infantry, 78th Division, during the last two months of hostilities, Colonel Morgan displayed marked qualities of leadership and unflagging energy. By the skillful manner in which he conducted his regiment during the advance through the Bois-de-Loges in the first part of November he contributed materially to the successes of his division in its operations in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
Admiral Seaton Schroeder
After specializing in hydroponic duties for 11 years, he spent two years in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) where he helped develop the Driggs-Schroeder rapid-fire gun. He returned to sea in 1890 as the Commanding Officer of Vesuvius. Following his appointment as executive officer of the battleship Massachusetts, he participated in the American blockade of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American war and was advanced three numbers in rank "for eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle" during five engagements between 31 May and 4 July 1898.
He was appointed Naval governor of Guam on 19 July 1900, and there commanded Yosemite and later, Brutus. On 1 May 1903, Schroeder became Chief Intelligence Officer of the Navy. He assumed command of the Virginia upon her first commissioning on 7 May 1906 and afterwards commanded various divisions in the Atlantic Fleet.
Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1908, he hoisted his flag on the Connecticut when he took command of the Atlantic Fleet on 8 March 1909.
Rear Admiral Schroeder was recalled to active duty in 1912 to prepare a new signal book, and again in WWI to serve as Chief Hydrographer and the Navy representative on the US Geographic Board. He died at the Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C., on 19 October 1922.
General Howard L. Laubach 1893
Howard Louis Laubach's military career was replete with action and successful results in many and varied fields. His ability manifested itself early in his career, and he was called on time and time again for missions that required tact, loyalty, and resourcefulness. He never failed, and his military record by itself stands as an inspiration. He served in civil capacities such as Treasurer and Collector of Internal Revenue in the Sulu Archipelago and Justice of the Peace in Mindanao, in line commands through all grades from Second Lieutenant to Brigadier General, and on the General Staff. He served in many staff positions, was President of the Board on Camp Sites in the Southern Department and was in charge of the construction of Camps Bowie, MacArthur, and Loganin World War I. He was Executive Officer of the Infantry School of Arms of the 90th Division and Assistant Commander of the Brigade and Field Officer's School at Fort Sam Houston.
Kenzie W Walker
In 1897, while serving in the field in Wyoming, Kenzie contracted a severe case of typhoid fever which almost cost him his life. However, despite a painful residual knee condition which lasted for several years, he rejoined his regiment for the Santiago Campaign in Cuba in 1898. He proved himself a courageous and fearless troop leader, especially in the charge up San Juan Hill in which his regiment figured prominently in the capture of the Spanish block house and trenches. The casualties in his regiment in that battle were heavy. His Colonel was killed, and the adjutant and Kenzie’s troop commander were severely wounded. Lieutenant Walker’s own gallant conduct won for him a Silver Star Citation.
A versatile and able officer, Kenzie Walker served details in the Pay Department, Quartermaster Department, Finance Department and on the War Department General Staff. His abilities as a troop leader and commander were especially attested during his World War I service when he organized and trained first an infantry regiment and later a brigade of field artillery. After the War he transferred to the Finance Department of which bureau he became chief, with the rank of Major General. While serving in that position he was also War Department Budget Officer for six years prior to his retirement in 1928. In addition to the Silver Star Citation mentioned above. General Walker was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding service in positions of great responsibility.
This is a wonderful collectible piece, of interest to collectors of West Point memorabilia and antique signature embroidery work.