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William H. Beach, memoir

in reference to September 1862

Entering Frederick in September, 1862: “The Federal army had never before seen such a reception as was given here. In every doorway and in every window were women and young girls waving the Union flag and in every way manifesting the greatest joy. Barbara Frietchie was here. Although the poet’s story of her definitely waving the flag over the head of Stonewall Jackson’s men was not true, yet it represented the loyal spirit of the women of the place as it appeared that day.”


Name: William H. Beach

Unit: 1st Regiment New York (Lincoln) Cavalry, Co. F&B

Document Information

Type: Memoir


  • Civilian Support for the Union

Event Location: Frederick City, Frederick Co., MD

Document Origin: N/A


Beach, William H. The First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry: from April 19, 1861 to July 7, 1865. New York: Lincoln Cavalry Association, 1902, 170.