By Belle Boyd

ISBN-10: 0807122149

ISBN-13: 9780807122143

First released in 1865, Belle Boyd's memoir of her reviews as a accomplice secret agent has stood the attempt of time and curiosity. Belle first won notoriety while she killed a Union soldier in her domestic in 1861. in the course of the Federal occupations of the Shenandoah Valley, she mingled with the servicemen and, utilizing her female wiles, acquired worthwhile info for the insurgent cause.

In this new version, Kennedy-Nolle and Faust think of the family facet of the Civil battle and in addition examine the worth of Boyd's memoir for social and literary historians in its problem to our knowing the main divisive years in American history.

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More69. Women in Public (Baltimore, 1990), 3. 4O I N T R O D U C T I O N T O T H E 1998 EDITION over, Boyd's humorous play on Butler's "reputation" distracts the reader from questions about her reputation and the circumstances that brought her to the fortress in the first place. Boyd extended the theatricality of her memoirs by converting her wartime experiences into a career on the stage. Although Boyd performed immediately after the war—until her marriage to John Swainston Hammond—it was her i88os original creation of the dramatic monologue "Dashing Deeds and Daring Exploits" that created the most stir.

Their bones left to bleach in the sunlight or gleaming ghastly white in the moon's pale beams" (152). Anxious to avoid more grisly reports of the human cost of the "slaughter pen," readers turned to the homefront. But at home there was little safety for women, as Gettysburg resident Jenny Wade discovered when she was shot in the back by a stray bullet while making bread. There was also little safety from women, as Belle Boyd would reveal. Boyd capitalized on post-Antietam understandings of courage by offering a model that women could emulate.

A Federal officer revealed the magnitude of the peril in coupling national rebellion with gender rebellion when he asserted, "you are a rebel, and will do more harm to our cause than half the men could do" (153). Journalists resorted to scrutinizing Boyd's appearances as a means of assessing her femininity, and the descriptions of her physical attributes functioned as correctives. By emphasizing the manliness of her features, they censured her for acting unwomanly. The Washington Star characterized Boyd as 39.

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