It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!
The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.
Deadline is August 20.
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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM
Our June History Mystery portrayed Maria Isabella “Belle” Boyd (1844-1900). Born in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), Belle was a Confederate spy in the Civil War known as the “Cleopatra of Succession.” In 1861, when Union soldiers tried to hang a Union flag on her home and assaulted her mother, she shot one of them. She was acquitted but was kept under watch. Boyd conducted her spying from her father’s hotel in Front Royal while hiding in a closet near the parlor. She crossed Union lines to tell Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s men the Union soldiers’ plans. Jackson sent Belle a letter of gratitude. Boyd was awarded the Southern Cross of Honor. In total, she was arrested six times, imprisoned three times, and exiled twice. She published a memoir recalling her days as a spy. She pursued an acting career, and traveled the country giving lectures on her war experiences.
Congratulations reader Mildred Embree of Culpeper, our $25 winner!