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The medal's obverse design depicts an image of Barbara Fritchie, immortalized in American folklore by John Greenleaf Whittier in his poem ""Barbara Frietchie." She waves a Union flag from her porch while a soldier and cavalryman stand in the background. On the reverse, Confederate and United States flags are pictured intersecting at the top of the medal. Several rifles appear behind the flags, and the image of an eagle is placed at the center of the intersection. At the medal's bottom, a decorative border lines the edge.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
1 3/8 inches (diameter)
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obverse: THE LEGEND OF BARBARA FRITCHIE reverse: THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR / Jackson invades Frederick, Md. / Poet Witter imortalizes [sic] a / tale of union loyalty. / "Shoot if you must, / this old gray head. / But spare your country's / flag", she said.
Fritchie, Barbara, 1766-1862; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
coins & medals
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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