Belle Boyd - from the New York Herald, August 1862

Belle Boyd        The notorious female spy, Belle Boyd, familiarly known as the betrayer of our forces at Front Royal,... was arrested at Winchester last, and is now confined in the Old Capitol prison. Romancers have given this female undue repute by describing her as beautiful and educated. She is merely a brusque, talkative woman, perhaps twenty-five years of age, red haired, with keen, courageous gray eyes. Her teeth are prominent and she is meager in person. There is a certain dash and naiveté in her manner and speech that might be called fascinating, but she is by no means possessed of brilliant qualities, either of mind or body. Being insanely devoted to the rebel cause she resolved to act as a spy within the Union lines, and managed in diverse ways to recommend herself to our officers...

        Our young officers, dazzled, perhaps, took her out riding often, and she was frequently a habitant of our camps in the Shenandoah. From facts gleaned in this way of our movements and projects, she kept up a pretty regular budget of intelligence, and the enemy was advised of our favorite designs. She admitted in prison today that she had informed Jackson of our situation at Front Royal; but this, she said, was done to prevent the effusion of  blood...

        A leading secessionist of Washington visited her in jail today, where her quarters are comfortable, and gave her luxuries. Some gentlemen likewise waited upon her. She talked with them at random, and with much abandon, and said that she intended to be paroled. A Soldier guards her room, and paces up and down continually before the door. Her own admissions will convict her of being a spy. She was dressed today in a plain frock, low in the neck, and her arms were bare... She takes her arrest as a matter of course, and is smart, plucky, and absurd as ever. A lunatic asylum might be recommended for her.  

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