Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Mary Quantrill's Stand
“I remained in the same position, resting the staff of my flaglet on the railing of the porch, when a soldier stepped up behind me, and with his bayonet cut off my staff close to my hand.… turning about I saw him tear my flag into pieces, and stamp them into the dust. I pronounced this the act of a coward and again turned to view the army." —Mary S. Quantrill, Excerpt from an account that appeared in the Washington Star newspaper, February 12, 1869.
The building in front of you was the home of Mary Sands Quantrill. A 38 year-old mother of six, Mary Quantrill was described as “an intelligent and handsome woman.” She taught school to girls in this structure during the Civil War.
On the morning of September 10th, 1862, Mary Quantrill dared fate as she flew a Union flag in the face of Gen. Lee's passing Confederate Army. Her flag was abruptly confiscated and destroyed by a group of Rebels. Quantrill's pupils came to her aid by replenishing her with additional flaglets.
Mrs. Quantrill was addressed by a Confederate officer(Gen. Hill) who was moved by the schoolteacher's loyalty and support to the Union. He gave orders for his troops to leave the patriotic heroine unharmed.
Mary Quantrill never enjoyed a deserved fame—it was given instead to neighbor
Erected by McCaskill Financial, The Frederick Woman's Civic Club.
Location. 39° 24.808′ N, 77° 24.99′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on West Patrick Street (Maryland Route 144) west of South Bentz Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 220 West Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barbara Fritchie Cabins & Tea Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Mullinix Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); May 17, 1943 (about 600 feet away); Jacob Engelbrecht (about 600 feet away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (about 600 feet away); Home of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney (about 600 feet away); Barbara Fritchie House (about 600 feet away); 173 West All Saints Street (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Civil • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.