Robert Gould Shaw Didn’t Believe She Was a Spy..

February 25, 2014

1800360_10152230219243307_1151750631_n 1901184_10152230218463307_950759514_nRobert Gould Shaw saw Belle Boyd on several occasions but never had a conversation with her. Not a physically attractive woman but vivacious, intelligent, and witty, Belle Boyd was one of the more successful Confederate spies:

“There was quite a long and ridiculous letter about her copied into the “Evening Post” the other day. I have seen her several times, but never had any conversation with her. Other men who have talked with her, tell me that she never asked for any information about our army, or gave them the slightest reason to suppose her a spy; and they were probably as capable of judging as the correspondent who wrote about her. She gave Fred d’Hauteville a very pretty Secession flag, which she said she carried when she went out to meet Jackson’s troops coming into Front Royal.”

[Washington, Virginia, July 28, 1862. Blue Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
Russell Duncan, editor]