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Barbara Hauer Fritchie
Birth: Dec. 3, 1766
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 18, 1862
Frederick
Frederick County
Maryland, USA

Civil War Hero. At ninty five years of age she reputedly defied the Confederate troops under Stonewall Jackson as they advanced through Frederick, Maryland. Her memory has been preserved in poem entitled "Barbara Frietchie" by John Greenleaf Whittier in 1864: "Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country's flag," she said. A shade of sadness, a blush of shame, Over the face of the leader came; The nobler nature within him stirred To life at that woman's deed and word; "Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!" he said. Again in a play by that same title by Clyde Fitch in 1899 where he takes artistic liberty and intertwines her story with that of his own grandparents' love story, which also takes place during the Civil War. She was born Barbara Hauer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was married to John Casper Fritchie, a glove maker, on May 6, 1806. She was a personal friend of Francis Scott Key and they participated together in a memorial service at Frederick when George Washington died. When Winston Churchill passed through Frederick in 1943, he stopped at the house and recited the poem from memory. Her house is preserved as a museum on West Patrick Street in Frederick, Maryland to this day. (bio by: D C McJonathan-Swarm) 
 
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  John Casper Fritchie (1762 - 1849)
 
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Mount Olivet Cemetery
Frederick
Frederick County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Area MM Lot 00
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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