Boyd, Belle, 1844-1900

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Confederate spy. Born Martinsburg, Va. Imprisoned for spying July-Aug. 1862 and Aug.-Dec. 1863. She went to England in 1864 and there married Sam Wilde Hardinge, one of the Union officers who had guarded her. After his death several years later she returned to the U.S. In 1865 she published a sensational memoir, "Belle Boyd in camp and prison". It appears that she did make several appearances in dramatic productions and gave some public lectures, but the woman who acted and lectured for many years as Belle Boyd was often denounced as an impostor.

From the description of Album : 1859-1903 (bulk 1862-1880). (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122591617

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referencedIn Dobbs, Jeannine. Class essays, 1977. Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Leesburg Opera House handbill, 1894. Thomas Balch Library
referencedIn United Daughters of the Confederacy. United Daughters of the Confederacy Records, 1855-1999. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Moler, Nellie May Hendricks, 1879-1953. Papers, 1902-1952 (bulk 1930-1945). Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Sperry, Kate S. (Sarah Catherine) 1843-1886. Diary : Winchester, Virginia, 1861 July 13-1866 January 23. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Barney, Valentine G. Valentine G. Barney letters, 1861-1865. Vermont Historical Society
referencedIn Bahnson, Henry T. (Henry Theodore), 1845-1917. Henry T. Bahnson papers, 1890s, 1917. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Boyd, Crosby Noyes, 1903-. Crosby Noyes Boyd autograph collection, 1791-1908. Library of Congress
referencedIn Newton, Willoughby. Letters to Willoughby Newton and others [manuscript] 1870-1940. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Boyd, Belle, 1844-1900. Album : 1859-1903 (bulk 1862-1880). Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Belle Boyd note, 1886 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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associatedWith Bahnson, Henry T. (Henry Theodore), 1845-1917. person
associatedWith Barney, Valentine G. person
correspondedWith Boyd, Crosby Noyes, 1903- person
associatedWith Confederate States of America corporateBody
associatedWith Dobbs, Jeannine. person
associatedWith Hammond, John S., fl. 1869-1880. person
associatedWith Hardinge, Sam Wilde, d. 1866? person
associatedWith Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, collector. corporateBody
associatedWith Moler, Nellie May Hendricks, 1879-1953. person
associatedWith Newton, Willoughby. person
associatedWith Pennypacker, Samuel W. (Samuel Whitaker), 1843-1916, person
associatedWith Sperry, Kate S. (Sarah Catherine) 1843-1886. person
associatedWith Starr, Belle, 1848-1889. person
associatedWith United Daughters of the Confederacy corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Southern States
United States
Women spies
Lectures and lecturing
Impostors and imposture


Birth 1844-05-09

Death 1900-06-11






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