General George, Barbara Fritchie, & The Names Not Chosen

Barbara Frietchie, from “Woman’s Work in the Civil War: a Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience” (1867)

A minor brouhaha emerged on Twitter earlier this week when word began to spread that Laurel Park’s General George Stakes (G3) had been re-christened the General’s Stakes, with some observers claiming that the Maryland Jockey Club was trying to erase George Washington, the race’s namesake according to the MJC media guide, which also claims that Washington visited MJC races in 1762, 1771, 1772, and 1773. Cancel culture run amok, some posited.

Turns out that the death of the General George had been greatly exaggerated.

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