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A vain but daring spy, Belle Boyd served as a vital tool for the Confederacy. Though her treasonous acts were generally done out in the open and she was caught many times, Belle escaped harsh punishments and earned a captain’s commission in the Confederate army. To find out more about her courageous deeds, check out the links below!

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Important Dates:

  • May 28, 1862: Belle Boyd outwits the Union, waves her handkerchief, and saves General Stonewall Jackson’s army at Front Royal.
  • July 26, 1862: Belle an accomplished flirt and leader of Confederate female spies.
  • August 14, 1862: Belle arrested and confesses her deeds.
  • August 29, 1863: A year later, Belle arrested again for spying.
  • May 25, 1864: The blockade runner, Greyhound, caught with Belle Boyd on board.
  • September 8, 1864: Belle Boyd marries the Naval Lieutenant that she seduced in order to get away after captured on Greyhound.
  • December 10, 1864: Belle’s husband captured by Union soldiers; Belle suspected to be nearby.
  • March 15, 1865: Belle Boyd in poverty August, 1865: Belle publishes her autobiography of spy exploits in England
  • September, 1865: Belle Boyd takes up acting; her debut is a play based on her life.
  • June 16, 1900: Belle Boyd dies of heart disease while on a lecture tour.

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