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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649566

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649566.001.0001

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Rose of the Rebellion

Rose of the Rebellion

(p.168) 24 Rose of the Rebellion
The Last Battleground

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

One of the most glamorous and successful spies for the Confederacy, Rose O’Neale Greenhow uses her Washington society connections to extract sensitive military information from infatuated officers. She acquires the U.S. Army’s plans for the Battle of Manassas and passes them on the Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Her treason is discovered by Allan Pinkerton and she is imprisoned, first in her own home, later at Old Capitol Prison. Released for want of evidence, she sails to England as an envoy of the Confederacy, writes a book about her imprisonment, and sails home aboard Condor, a fast blockade runner, bearing the gold she earned form the sale of her book. In the stormy midnight waters off Cape Fear, Condor founders on a shoal, and she insists on being ferried to shore in a small boat-which capsizes. Her body washes ashore near Fort Fisher and she is buried in a city of strangers.

Keywords:   Rose O’Neale Greenhow, Allan Pinkerton, Spies, Blockade Runners, Condor, Lt. Thomas Jordan, CSA, Old Capitol Prison, J.J. Prosper For Me D. Doctor DeVowell Conner

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