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    Confederate Spy Belle Boyd Cabinet Card Signed. Measuring 4.25" x 6.5", Isabella Boyd, known as "Belle," is seen in a chest up studio portrait facing the camera, her head turned to her right. The image is affixed to a Morris, Pittsburgh mount. She has inscribed below the image, "Yours Truly / Belle Boyd of the / CSA." The mount shows uneven toning with very minor damage at the lower right edge that does not affect the image. The lower left corner of the image is bent slightly, but does not detract.

    One of the most famous and notorious of Confederate spies, Isabella Marie Boyd (1843-1900) became a spy at the age of seventeen, serving the Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley from her father's hotel in Front Royal, Virginia. During the spring 1862 Valley Campaign she became a courier and provided valuable information to Generals Turner Ashby and Stonewall Jackson. A bold and daring young woman, Belle, at times, galloped headlong into the dark with cipher messages and even crept into rooms to eavesdrop on Union Army conferences. General Jackson made her a captain and honorary aide-de-camp on his staff. After being betrayed by her lover, she was arrested on July 29, 1862, and spent a month in the Old Capitol Prison in Washington. Following her exchange, she lived in exile with relatives for a time, but was again arrested in June 1863 while on a visit to her birthplace, Martinsburg, now West Virginia. On December 1, 1863, she was released, suffering from typhoid, and went to Europe to regain her health. While in England, Belle had a stage career and published "Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison." She died while touring the western United States.


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