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First printing of "Barbara Frietchie", by John Greenleaf Whittier...
Item # 659697 THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, (Boston), October, 1863 This literary magazine contains the first publication of the famed poem by John Greenleaf Whittier: "Barbara Frietchie". It is a story of a very patriotic old woman in Frederick, Maryland, who would defy General Jackson as his troops entered town. The most famous line would have to be: "Shoot, if you must, this old gray head; But spare your country's flag, she said". There has been some debate on the authenticity of the entire story.
Disbound without outer wrappers, contains 136 pages, 6 by 9 inches, great condition.