The Elmira Soldiers' Aid Society takes pride in portraying to the public period domestic arts and craftmanship. Members of the ESAS knit socks, mittens, and scarves for the soldiers using period patterns and materials. Jams, jellies, cakes, preserves, and pies are made in accordance to period recipes and peddled to the thankful boys of the encamped armies. The clothing worn by the members of the ESAS have been constructed with a high attention to detail to period methods. Members also enjoy stitching and piecing period style quilts, and have plans to sew a replica Soldiers' Aid Society 9-patch. The members of the ESAS are also conscious about the threat urban development plays against the preservation of our battlefields. Part of the proceeds generated by each article sold by the ESAS goes towards battlefield preservation.
Soldiers' Sock Pattern