On the home stretch with the Vicksburg Chair. I happened to come upon Amy Merrick's designsponge post. I have never known designsponge to be controversial but this one brought up some of the political issues I have been thinking about while working on the General Grant work. I have found myself as I have been stitching battle maps more anti war then ever. The slow process of stitching a number like 40,000 as in 40,000 men on to a "place" means that that many men were in danger. All artifacts of design that come from history come from a political consequence..Merrick's post touches on that a bit. Bravo to designsponge for putting forth that inspiration does not always come from pretty places.