Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Barbara Fritchie: Civil War Heroine
Flag of Freedom and Union, wave!"ť
John Greenleaf Whittier
From the poem, entitled â€śBarbara Frietchie,â€ť
Atlantic Monthly magazine, October, 1863
Barbara Fritchie's 96 years of life spanned our country's history including three major conflicts on American soil. Born Barbara Hauer in 1766, Ms. Fritchie moved with her family to Frederick from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The wife of a glove-maker, her long life was humble and frugal, typical of German settlers of the period.
â€śBarbara Frietchie,â€ť a poem written by John Greenleaf Whittier of Massachusetts, was based on a story told to the author relating to the 1862 invasion of Maryland during the American Civil War by Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates, along with their legendary general Thomas J. â€śStonewallâ€ť Jackson, occupied Frederick in early September, hoping to garner supplies and support for the Rebel cause. Whittier's poem created a patriotic fervor in the North, making household names out of Barbara Fritchie and Frederick, Maryland in the process. The poem is still considered one of the best examples of American poetry, inspiring countless visitors to seek â€śthe clustered spires of Frederick Town,â€ť the Fritchie house,
Location. 39° 24.172′ N, 77° 25.004′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from South Market Street (Maryland Route 355) south of Mt Olivet Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 S Market St, Frederick MD 21701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jane Hanson National Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Johnson (within shouting distance of this marker); War of 1812 Soldier (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Sentinel (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Civil War Children's Memorial (about 700 feet away); John Ross Key and Anne Charlton Key (about 800 feet away); Richard Potts - Revolutionary War Patriot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Row (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
Barbara Fritchie's name is also spelled “Frietchie”, and sometimes even “Frietschie”. “Fritchie” seems be the preferred spelling but the poem by Whittier spelled it “Frietchie”.
— Submitted June 26, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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