Days before the Civil War, southerner Barbara Frietchie falls in love with northerner Captain Trumbull. When the war breaks out, Trumbull must fight for the north. His troops overtake Frederickstown, where the Frietchies live and Barbara soon discovers her love for him overrides her feelings for the Confederacy. Barbara's brother Arthur wounds Trumbull and takes him into his own home. Believing her sweetheart is dying she hangs the stars and stripes out the window as the Confederates march by. The crowd is enraged, but Stonewall Jackson, impressed by her courage, announces that anyone who harms her is to be shot.
BARBARA FRIETCHIE is a silent love story based on Clyde Fitch's turn-of-the-20th-century play that was itself based loosely on a poem inspired by a real-life woman. Like Fitch's play, the film creatively mixes Frietchie's life with the story of a lovesick couple--a Northern soldier and a Southern belle--during the Civil War.