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Belle Boyd was one of the most famous Confederate spies, Belle Boyd was born to a prominent slaveholding family. At the age of 17, she was arrested for shooting a Union soldier who had broken into her family’s home and insulted her mother. Though Union officers investigated and cleared her of all charges, they watched her closely after that. Young and attractive, Boyd used her charms to get information from the officers, which she passed along to the Confederacy.

Belle Boyd was one of the most famous Confederate spies, Belle Boyd was born to a prominent slaveholding family. At the age of 17, she was arrested for shooting a Union soldier who had broken into her family’s home and insulted her mother. Though Union officers investigated and cleared her of all charges, they watched her closely after that. Young and attractive, Boyd used her charms to get information from the officers, which she passed along to the Confederacy.

Magnolia Cemetery Charleston S.C. ~ Civil War cannon guardes the soldiers' graves. Ravenal bridge is visible in background.

Magnolia Cemetery Charleston S.C. ~ Civil War cannon guardes the soldiers' graves. Ravenal bridge is visible in background.

Dr. Martyn Fonds attending surgery at Gettysburg, Pa., during the Civil War.  The Union surgeon above is applying a bandage to a shoulder resection as the ether mask is being removed by the assistant.  A rare view of an actual surgery during the War

Dr. Martyn Fonds attending surgery at Gettysburg, Pa., during the Civil War. The Union surgeon above is applying a bandage to a shoulder resection as the ether mask is being removed by the assistant. A rare view of an actual surgery during the War

Alfred Waud, the Civil War sketch artist at Gettysburg in June or July of 1863, Timothy O’Sullivan via the Library of Congress, Civil War Glass Negative Collection

Alfred Waud, the Civil War sketch artist at Gettysburg in June or July of 1863, Timothy O’Sullivan via the Library of Congress, Civil War Glass Negative Collection

July 29, 1862: Belle Boyd arrested for spying. A loyal Southerner, Belle operated from her father's hotel in Virginia, charming the Union officers and relaying information to the Confederate Army. Of one beau she said, "To him I am indebted for some very remarkable effusions, some withered flowers, and a great deal of important information."

July 29, 1862: Belle Boyd arrested for spying. A loyal Southerner, Belle operated from her father's hotel in Virginia, charming the Union officers and relaying information to the Confederate Army. Of one beau she said, "To him I am indebted for some very remarkable effusions, some withered flowers, and a great deal of important information."

Federal Troops playing cards on Federal Hill during the American Civil War. Baltimore, Md. c1864

Federal Troops playing cards on Federal Hill during the American Civil War. Baltimore, Md. c1864

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