Collection: Stephen Griffin Collection >> Wild Rose : Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War spy / Ann Blackman.
Wild Rose :
Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War spy /
|Main Creator:||Blackman, Ann.|
Describes the espionage career of Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a socialite and devotee of the Southern cause who used her connections and her charm to provide information about Union military secrets to the Confederacy during the Civil War.
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New York : Random House, 2005.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-330) and index.
Rose O'Neal Greenhow (1813 or 1814 - October 1, 1864) was born into an Irish Catholic family in Maryland. Using her connections as a prominent Washington D.C. socialite, she passed along key military information to the Confederacy at the start of the war. In early 1861, she was given control fo a pro-Southern spy network in Washington, D.C. She was credited by Jefferson Davis with ensuring the South's victory at the First Battle of Bull run in late July 1861. Discovered by Pinkerton, Greenhow was subject to house arrest but continued her activities. She was imprisoned for nearly five months after which she was deported to the Confederate States. Running the blockade, she sailed to Europe to represent the Confederacy in a diplomatic mission to France and Britain from 1863 to 1864. In 1863, she published her memoir in London. Returning in 1864 on hte Condor, a blockade runner ship of Peter Tait fame, she ran aground off Wilmington, North Carolina. Rose drowned when her rowboat overturned as she tried to escape a Union gunboat. She was honored with a Confederate military funeral.
Physical description: 377 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
|Contained in:||Stephen Griffin Collection|
GR 5510: Stephen Griffin Collection