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Captain John Smith, Frederick Co. MD., of the Revolution, and some of his ancestors. Records of the...
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Captain John Smith, Frederick Co. MD., of the Revolution, and some of his ancestors. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume X. Pages 328-334.
Smith, Mrs. Francis F.
11 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
Frederick County (Md.)
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CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH, FREDERICK CO., MD., OF THE REVOLUTION, AND SOME OF HIS ANCESTORS. BY MRS. FRANCIS F. SMITH. This is pre-eminently the age of hero-worship, both of the past and present. Brave warriors of the colonial days and those of Santiago and Manila, equally claim the attention of patriotic persons throughout the entire country. Each state vies with the other, in searching for its fearless soldiers and enshrining the memory of their noble deeds, deep in the hearts of the present generation. Everywhere we hear of monuments and tablets being erected to the memory of long forgotten heroes. And it is well, for such reminders serve as object-lessons to passers-by, especially to the young. The eye is the best educator; facts are more indelibly imprinted upon the mind by ocular demonstration, than through any other medium. What child in Frederick does not know more of the immortal Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Spangled Banner,” since it has seen the noble tribute to his memory in Mt. Olivet Cemetery ? Again, if this government continue to enlarge its territory, wars may be the inevitable result, and the coming generations of the twentieth century, living in the atmosphere of foreign complications, will become oblivious of the deeds of their ancestors, and the American Revolution will seem as far off as the wars of ancient history. It was this all-pervading influence which first induced me to conceive the thought of hunting up the graves of those brave men who laid the foundation of our country’s freedom. No state sent braver soldiers to the War for Independence than Maryland, and no county in the state was better represented than Frederick, the cradle of liberty, 328