Wild Rose The True Story of a Civil War Spy

ISBN-10: 0812970454
ISBN-13: 9780812970456
Edition: 2006
Authors: Ann Blackman
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Description: For sheer bravado and style, no woman in the North or South rivaled the Civil War heroine Rose O'Neale Greenhow. Fearless spy for the Confederacy, glittering Washington hostess, legendary beauty and lover, Rose Greenhow risked everything for the  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

For sheer bravado and style, no woman in the North or South rivaled the Civil War heroine Rose O'Neale Greenhow. Fearless spy for the Confederacy, glittering Washington hostess, legendary beauty and lover, Rose Greenhow risked everything for the cause she valued more than life itself. In this superb portrait, biographer Ann Blackman tells the surprising true story of a unique woman in history. "I am a Southern woman, born with revolutionary blood in my veins," Rose once declared-and that fiery spirit would plunge her into the center of power and the thick of adventure. Born into a slave-holding family, Rose moved to Washington, D.C., as a young woman and soon established herself as one of the capital's most charming and influential socialites, an intimate of John C. Calhoun, James Buchanan, and Dolley Madison. She married well, bore eight children and buried five, and, at the height of the Gold Rush, accompanied her husband Robert Greenhow to San Francisco. Widowed after Robert died in a tragic accident, Rose became notorious in Washington for her daring-and numerous-love affairs. But with the outbreak of the Civil War, everything changed. Overnight, Rose Greenhow, fashionable hostess, become Rose Greenhow, intrepid spy. As Blackman reveals, deadly accurate intelligence that Rose supplied to General Pierre G. T. Beauregard written in a fascinating code (the code duplicated in the background on the jacket of this book). Her message to Beauregard turned the tide in the first Battle of Bull Run, and was a brilliant piece of spycraft that eventually led to her arrest by Allan Pinkerton and imprisonment with her young daughter. Indomitable, Rose regained her freedom and, asthe war reached a crisis, journeyed to Europe to plead the Confederate cause at the royal courts of England and France. Drawing on newly discovered diaries and a rich trove of contemporary accounts, Blackman has fashioned a thrilling, intimate narrative that reads like a novel. Wild Rose is an unforgettable rendering of an astonishing woman, a book that will stand with the finest Civil War biographies. "From the Hardcover edition."

She has worked at Time for 15 years & spent three years as the magazine's correspondent in Moscow.

Preface: Searching for Rose
Washington at War
Rose's Game
Grande Dame
"The Coming Storm"
The Making of a Spy
"A Dangerous Character"
The Making of an Independent Woman
Death of a Master
Washington Society
Slavery in Washington: "A Tale of Woe"
John C. Calhoun
Romance in the Wind
Sadness and Setbacks
Journey to Mexico
Life on K Street
Reversal of Fortune
Explosion of the Peacemaker
Pursuit of the Pearl
End of an Era
Daring Danger
Leaving Washington
San Francisco: City of Dreams
Widow
A Lady of Influence
Downfall
Fort Greenhow
The Old Capitol Prison
The Commission
A Martyr's Joy
Crossing the Line
Confederate Emissary
Richmond: A Dreadful Year
"Stroke of Genius"
Flight of the Phantom
The Messenger: London, 1863
An Imperial Welcome: Paris, 1864
A Chance for Peace: London, 1864
The Condor
Epilogue
Assessing Rose's Spycraft
Court Records of Black Washingtonians
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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