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    Union Spy Pauline Cushman: Hand-Tinted Sixteenth Plate Tintype. American actress, and a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War. While performing in Kentucky, Cushman was offered money to toast Jefferson Davis in a performance. She toasted the Confederate President and reported the incident to a Union official, who believed this act would make it possible for her to spy on Confederate camps. She was publicly fired from the theater company, then followed the Confederate troops, reporting back on their movements to Union forces. She was caught with documents while spying in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and was sentenced to hang, but she was saved by the invasion of the area by Union troops. Following the war, she toured the country giving lectures on her exploits as a spy. Head-and-shoulders image of Cushman with tinted cheeks. Housed in a small latched "Union" case (a combination of wood fiber and shellac mixed together to form a thermoplastic material that its inventor called "Union"). Case bears one small chip, else fine. Image is very fine. Size: 1/9th plate.

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