Muslin skirt with bullet holes

Muslin skirt with bullet holes


Hand-sewn, unbleached cotton muslin skirt or petticoat with seven holes near the hem. Mary Schwandt Schmidt's mother made the skirt in the spring of 1862 from the cover of the wagon in which the Schwandt family came to Minnesota. Mary Schwandt Schmidt was wearing the skirt when she was captured during the US–Dakota War of 1862. The holes near the hem are reportedly bullet holes, though the holes no longer retain their circular shape.

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