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.
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
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."