Barbara Fritchie: Civil War Heroine

Barbara Fritchie: Civil War Heroine (HM28O8)

Location: Frederick, MD 21701 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 24.172', W 77° 25.004'

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"Over Barbara Fritchie's grave,
Flag of Freedom and Union, wave!

John Greenleaf Whittier
From the poem, entitled "Barbara Frietchie,"
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.

"Barbara Frietchie," 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. "Stonewall" 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 "the clustered spires

of Frederick Town," the Fritchie house, and Dame Barbara's final resting spot.
HM NumberHM28O8
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Date Added Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291910 N 4364271
Decimal Degrees39.40286667, -77.41673333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 24.172', W 77° 25.004'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 24' 10.32" N, 77° 25' 0.24000000000008" W
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Area Code(s)301, 410, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450 Pinoak Pl, Frederick MD 21701, US
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