The Life of Anna S Frobel

Anne Frobel kept a diary that chronicles her life with her sister while living in an occupied city during the Civil War. Bravery and intelligence to navigate the interactions with the troops in Alexandria make for an interesting read. According to The Diary of Anne S. Frobel, compiled by the Friends of Fort Ward, 1992, Anne and sister Elizabeth managed to keep their house free from “Yankee dog” searches for the entire year, despite loss of crop and farm animals to Union troops. Anne also relates her success in warding off a potential suitor among the northern troops by refusing an offer to go out for a ride by declaring she would take him directly to General Beauregard for an introduction.

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