Life of Whittier's Heroine, Barbara Fritchie. Including a brief but comprehensive sketch of Historic "Old Frederick" Henry M. Nixdorff.
"Shoot, if you must, this old grey head / But spare your county's flag," she said

Life of Whittier's Heroine, Barbara Fritchie. Including a brief but comprehensive sketch of Historic "Old Frederick"

Very Good. Item #8527

Frederick, MD: Great Southern Ptg. & Mfg. Co., 1897. Second Edition. Small, slim octavo; publisher's maroon cloth, upper cover stamped in gilt; 88pp.; illus. throughout. Light wear to spine ends and corners, contemporary ownership ex libris to front pastedown, else Very Good, internally clean and sound.

Short biography of the Unionist Barbara Fritchie, immortalized in John Greenleaf Whittier's Civil War poem "Barbara Fritchie," describing the (possibly fictitious) encounter between the elderly Fritchie and Confederate soldiers during the occupation of Frederick, Maryland. According to legend an elderly Fritchie had placed the Union flag in her window despite the danger of being shot at. "Shoot, if you must, this old grey head, / But spare your country's flag, she said," and thus by her bravery securing her safety. She died three months later, at the age of ninety-six. Thanks in part to Whittier's poem, Fritchie has gained mascot status for the town of Frederick, this small work presumably issued as a kind of tourist guidebook and souvenir, "Facts not fiction" prominently lettered in gilt on upper cover.

Price: $45.00

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