Greenhow was finally released from prison in May 1862. Unable to keep her from spying, Union officials forced her to leave the North. She traveled to Richmond, where she was greeted warmly by Confederate leaders. In August 1863, President Jefferson Davis sent Greenhow to Europe. Her mission was to convince the leaders of England and France to support the Confederates in their fight for independence.
Greenhow proved to be just as popular in Europe as she had been in Washington. She published a book about her spy activities, My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington, which became a bestseller. She was also entertained by royalty. Although she failed to convince European leaders to provide official support to the Confederacy, she did get some wealthy Europeans to donate money to the cause.
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