DescriptionHeroine Barbara Frietschie Document Signed in 1861 Barbara Frietschie (1766-1862), a U.S. heroine. According to legend, on September 6, 1862, at the age of 95, she boldly displayed the Union flag, as Confederate soldiers passed by her home in Frederick, Maryland. In tribute to her bravery, she was not harmed. When an account of the incident reached John Greenleaf Whittier, he immortalized it in his poem with the lines: "'Shoot, if you must, this old gray head but spare your country's flag', she said." A replica of her house was built in 1926. Document signed, 7 3/4" x 2 1/2", February 15, 1861. A document signed by Frietschie with her mark. The document reads: "Received February 15th, 1861 of Christian Steiner, my agent, the sum of Fifty dollars, in part payment of money collected from Valerious Ebert, acting executor, with will annexed of John C. Fritchie, deceased." She put her mark in the lower right corner. Ragged edges on the piece, suggesting it was torn from a larger sheet. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.
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