Civil War Confederate Spy Belle Boyd
About the Civil War Confederate spy Belle Boyd ake the Rebel Spy her biography and history of her adventures.
Belle Boyd. American. Worked for: Confederate Army, Civil War.
"Femme fatale" of the Civil War, Belle Boyd captured the hearts and the minds of soldiers fighting on both Confederate and Union sides. At age 17, she killed an officer who tried to raise a U.S. flag over her home in Virginia. She crossed Union lines frequently with messages that she delivered directly to Gen. Stonewall Jackson. Although she was widely known to be a spy, her charms blinded Union forces to all suspicions. She was finally betrayed by a lover. Sent to prison, she lived like a queen, entertaining a host of admirers who brought magazines, clothing, and food delicacies. Under prisoner exchange she was returned to Richmond where she continued her espionage work. Before the war ended, she married a Union officer whom she sweet-talked into becoming a Confederate agent. Following the war, Belle Boyd, age 21, began touring the U.S. and England to give lectures on her wartime adventures. She was billed as "The Rebel Spy."
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