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The historical basis of Whittier's Barbara Frietchie. by George O. Seilheimer. Condensed from a contribution to the Philadelphia Times for July 21st, 1886.--Editors. That Barbara Frietchie lived is not denied. That she died at the advanced age of 96 years and is buried in the burial-ground of the German Reformed Church in Frederick is also true. There is only one account of Stonewall Jackson's entry into Frederick, and that was written by a Union army surgeon who was in charge of the hospital there at the time. Jackson I did not get a look at to recognize him, the doctor wrote on the 21st of September, though I must have seen him, as I witnessed the passage of all the troops through the town. Not a word about Barbara Frietchie and this incident. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, too, was in Frederick soon afterward, on his way to find his son, reported mortally wounded at Antietam. Such a story, had it been true, could scarcely have failed to reach his ears, and he would undo