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    Confederate Spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow Carte de Visite. 2.5" x 4". Featuring the famous female Confederate spy, who resided in Washington, D.C., and was both a prominent hostess and habitué of soirees and levees. The penciled notations on the reverse read in part, "'Rebel Rose' Spy taken after Battle of Seven Pines. Lost at Sea." Considered an attractive woman, she socialized with influential politicians and United States senators. It is alleged that one of her paramours, Senator Henry Wilson of Massachusetts, revealed some intelligence about the impending Union offensive at Bull's Run. This vital information was promptly transmitted by Greenhow to her Southern contacts and resulted in the disastrous rout of Union forces. Greenhow was subsequently arrested and imprisoned, but outwitted her jailors and continued to pass on military secrets. Expelled from Washington, she went South and eventually drowned while attempting to bypass a Union naval blockade. Trimmed at the corners. Age-toned.

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    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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