"Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country's flag."
— Antietam Campaign 1862 —As the Confederate army marched through Frederick on September 10, 1862, feisty local Unionists—mostly women—showed their defiance by waving the Stars and Stripes. The poet John Greenleaf Whittier immortalized one of them in "The Ballad of Barbara Fritchie" about a year later. Spoilsport historians have since pointed out that Stonewall Jackson's column never passed her house and that the story of the aged Fritchie—who did wave such a flag from her porch when the Federals marched through town—probably was conflated with that of Mrs. Mary Quantrell, who shook a United States flag at Confederates who ignored her. Nonetheless, the poem raised patriotic spirits throughout the Union when it appeared.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series|
|Placed By||Maryland Civil War Trails|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 10:53pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 292133 N 4365498|
|Decimal Degrees||39.41396667, -77.41453333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 24.838', W 77° 24.872'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 24' 50.28" N, 77° 24' 52.32" W|
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|Area Code(s)||301, 410, 240|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 150-198 MD-144, Frederick MD 21701, US|
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