Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Frederick Diarist on the National Road
General Winfield Scott, Presidents Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison and Senator Henry Clay rode through, traveling to the Capital City.
“A drove of turkeys amounting to nearly four hundred from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania just now passed the door on their way to Washington City. They go at the rate of 8 miles per day.”
And in 1862, Civil War armies:
“For three days I was nearly continually looking at the Rebel army passing and nearly the whole army passed our door.”
For a half century, Mr. Engelbrecht had a front row seat to American history. His diary recorded everything he saw, and is now in the collection of the Historical Society of Frederick County.
(Sidebar): Barbara Fritchie
Local legends distinguish Barbara Fritchie for defiantly waving the American flag at Confederate troops in 1862. Jacob Engelbrecht, who never saw the event, was an early voice that disputed the story. An 1869 diary entry claimed, “...should anything like that have occurred I am certain
Erected by Americas By-Ways.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 24.838′ N, 77° 24.876′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on West Patrick Street (State Highway 144), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located between the Barbara Fritchie house and Mullinix Park, along Patrick Street (A one way street to the west at this point). Marker is at or near this postal address: 154 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. May 17, 1943 (here, next to this marker); Barbara Fritchie House (here, next to this marker); 1862 Antietam Campaign (here, next to this marker); Mullinix Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hanson (about 500 feet away); Mary Quantrill's Stand (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named John Hanson (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named John Hanson (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
More about this marker.
”A page from the Jacob Engelbrecht Diary illustrates how important his daily comments are to the history of Frederick,” is pictured below the portrait.
The sidebar contains a portrait of Barbara Fritchie. The background of the marker is the “National Road at Fairview Inn” which is the standard for the series.
Also see . . .
1. PDF Copy of this Marker. (Submitted on September 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Jacob Engelbrecht. Short biography and additional excerpts from his diaries. (Submitted on September 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Historical Society of Frederick. The diaries are maintained in the library. Copies are available for purchase. (Submitted on September 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,914 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.