|Barbara Fritchie house at 154 W. Patrick St., Frederick, MD|
|An etching depicting Barbara waving her flag from her home.|
"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.....
|Many take photos of the front, as I did, but|
I find the rear of her home also interesting with
the roof line and upper balcony.
But, wait! Did this really happen. A Frederick Diarist by the name of Jacob Engelbrecht who lived across the street from Barbara when this was supposed to have happened, and documented just about everything that went on around him, said that if anything such as this had ever happened in his town, he, or a member of his family, certainly would have mentioned it to him. He never recorded the event in his diary. It was also said that the troops headed away from her house instead of past her house. But, the he*# with all of them. Who wouldn't love a 96 year old female folk hero? I certainly would believe that she did the deed. How about you? It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.