Presented by Chris Haugh, Frederick County Historian,
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Chris Haugh, Frederick County historian and the Historic Preservation Manager of Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland, will explore the legend of Barbara Fritchie, in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s April lecture.
Barbara Fritchie was immortalized in John Greenleaf Whittier’s poemof the same name as the gray-headed woman who defiantly waved the United States flag from her window, as Confederate troops under the command of Stonewall Jackson marched through Frederick on August 10, 1862, on the road today known as West Patrick Street.
Whittier’s poem put Frederick on the map, and became a patriotic rallying cry for the Union cause.
But did Barbara Fritchie really wave that flag that day? Or was it a neighbor down the street, named Mary Quantrill?
Chris Haugh researched this question for years, including examining the Whittier papers at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.
Come to St. James Church in Lovettsville on April 8, and hear Haugh describe what he found, and explain why he is convinced that Mary Quantrill was the real heroine of Frederick on that summer day in 1862.
The program will be held at 2:00 pm at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, VA. https://goo.gl/maps/X3xygz5zbXS2
Admission is free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses of the program and to support the activities of the Lovettsville Historical Society.