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Gettysburg George Washington Handkerchief

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With a battle looming and the countryside in turmoil, the Union cavalry rode into Gettysburg on the afternoon of June 30, 1863.  The troopers dismounted and lounged in the town while awaiting further orders.  During that time, the seven year old daughter of innkeeper Israel Yount, Emma, was playing outside their home when a cavalryman asked her to come and visit with him while he was resting.  The cavalryman told her that he missed his young daughter at home and asked if little Emma would hug and kiss him on the cheek to remind him of his daughter, who he felt he might not ever see again.  Emma asked her mother if she could do as the cavalryman suggested, and her mother considered the circumstances and allowed Emma to do so.  Before leaving, the cavalryman gave young Emma a silk handkerchief he was carrying that featured George Washington's image and patriotic border and flags.  Emma kept that handkerchief until her death in 1946 and it was then donated to the Adams County Historical Society.  Our reproduction is done in cooperation with the Adams County Historical Society and a portion of the proceeds of its sale will be returned to them.  This handkerchief has also been on display recently at the Gettsyburg National Battlefield museum.  Our reproduction is faithful to the original in every detail, and has been approved as authentic by museum staff.


The handkerchief measures 27 x 23.5 inches and is 100% silk.

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  • 5
    Family Heirloom

    Posted by Bill Cole on 30th Jul 2016

    Emma Yount was my great-grandmother's sister. Aunt Emma's story of the handkerchief is a family treasure. It was with pride that I viewed it at the Gettysburg Visitor's Center. Now a reproductiton with Anut Emma's story!!! Thank you South Union Mills.

  • 5
    Another winner!

    Posted by John Peterson on 31st May 2016

    I don't know why I have this thing for 19th century men's accessories but by far the printed handkerchief was such a common one and it is so underrepresented in the living history field. Thank you, again, South Union Mills for filling this void. Looking forward to your next offering!

  • 5
    A wonderful Gettysburg Piece

    Posted by Phil Spaugy on 26th May 2016

    As a supporter of the Seminary Ridge Museum and having a particular interest in the battle of July 1st, 1863 I knew when this handkerchief was offered that I would have to purchase one. It is a very good, unique article that without too much imagination will carry one back the the events of that fateful July day!

  • 5
    Washington hankie

    Posted by Don on 12th May 2016

    Very cool and unique piece. It will become a center piece for my table display..

  • 5
    Dandy Handkerchief With A Dandy History

    Posted by Unknown on 9th May 2016

    Another winner that is cool to the eye and sure to be the envy of your pards.

  • 5
    A fantastic reproduction

    Posted by Unknown on 9th May 2016

    A perfect patriotic antebellum handkerchief. Very authentic!

  • 5
    amazing repro of a piece of history.

    Posted by Allen K. on 9th May 2016

    in my opinion this is the best of the best of SUM's unique products. You will not be disappointed.

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