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Belle Boyd

Belle Boyd, Confederate spy
Born Isabella Maria Boyd
(1844-05-09)May 9, 1844
Martinsburg, Virginia
Died June 11, 1900(1900-06-11) (aged 56)
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Other names Cleopatra of the Secession, Siren of the Shenandoah
Occupation spy

Politically I did not like Mr. Lincoln, for in him I saw the destroyer.
There are those who maintain that in this world women have no right to interfere in the affairs of state, in politics, in plots and counter-plots. Others that are who, more chivalrous, are willing to admit that women have as much right to act, think, and speak as men.
Belle Boyd
I only wanted to help my people.
The secession of the Southern States, individually or in the aggregate, was the certain consequence of Mr. Lincoln's election.
Belle Boyd
Just previous to the birth of my little son, my mind gave way and my child was born in the asylum for the insane at Stockton, Cal. My boy was buried there.
Belle Boyd
As long as it served his purpose, Mr. Lincoln boldly advocated the right of Secession.
Belle Boyd
What a jolly thing military surveillance is!
I thank God that I can say on my death bed that I am a virtuous woman.
My memoirs were written, and a portion of them already in the hands of the publishers, when the startling news came which has thrilled all Europe and filled her inhabitants with horror – the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
Belle Boyd
I do not set myself up as an advocate of the woman's right doctrine, but would rather appear in the character of a quiet lady expressing her sentiments, not so much to the public as to her immediate friends.
Belle Boyd
Fortune has played me a sad trick by letting me live on and on.
If it is a crime to love the South, its cause and its President, then I am a criminal. I would rather lie down in this prison and die than leave it owing allegiance to a government such as yours.
Belle Boyd
A true woman always loves a real soldier.
Meanwhile, my residence within the Federal lines, and my acquaintance with so many of the officers, the origin of which I have already mentioned, enabled me to gain much important information as to the position and designs of the enemy.
Belle Boyd