This flag which Mrs. Handschue and her daughter so religiously preserve is torn, but the banner was not rent with seam and gash from a rifle-blast; it is torn — only this and nothing more.
That Mrs. Frietchie did not wave the flag at Jackson's men Mrs. Handschue positively affirms.
The flag-waving act was done, however, by Mrs. Mary S. Quantrell, another Frederick woman; but Jackson took no notice of it, and as Mrs. Quantrell was not fortunate enough to find a poet to celebrate herhe century for June, 1886, that Jackson never saw Barbara Frietchie, and that Barbara never saw Jackson.
This story is borne out by Mrs. Frietchie's relatives.
As already said, Barbara Frietchie had a flag and she waved it, not on the 6th to Jackson's men, but on the 12th to Burnside's. Here is the story as told by Mrs. Abbott, Mrs. Handschue's daughter:
Jackson and his men had been in Frederick and had left a short time before.
We were glad that the rebels had gone and that our troops
Mississippi from Paducah to Columbus, and at Jackson, Bethel, and other places on the Mississippi nsiderably east of south, passes through Jackson, Tennessee, Bethel, Corinth, Tupelo, and Baldwyn, M Central, leaving the Mobile and Ohio at Jackson, Tennessee, runs nearly south, passing by Bolivar a General Grant moved his headquarters to Jackson, Tennessee.
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