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    [Rose O'Neal Greenhow]. Thomas Jordan Carte de Visite From Captain J. William Bushby's Personal Collection. 2.6" x 4.25". No backstamp, but on a Confederate mount. Bushby has written an identification on the verso and adds, "Given me by poor Mrs. Greenhow [Rose O'Neal Greenhow], who was lost, drowned while entering Wilmington." Greenhow was a famous Confederate spy. As a Washington, D.C., socialite, she used her connections with important Union leaders to obtain information, which she sent on to the Confederacy. The Union captured and imprisoned her, but freed her in the spring of 1862. President Davis used her as a courier to carry letters to Europe. She had to run the blockade on her trip there, as well as on her trip home in the fall of 1864. When returning, her vessel ran aground while running the blockade. As a Union gunboat approached, she drowned in the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, North Carolina, trying to escape.

    Condition: Mount is trimmed at top, and albumen retains excellent contrast and detail. Light soiling on verso at edges.

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