In the meantime, here's a story from 1862 about knitting in the civil war.
A few things to think about before you start (I can't help myself, being a teacher after all):
- "to give someone the mitten" is an archaic expression that means "to break up with." At the beginning of the story, Maggie has rejected her suitor and "given him a mitten that caused him pain."
- Maggie makes some mittens, "shaping them after the most approved West Point fashion." I think this means she is making trigger finger mittens like this one.
Wish me luck!