Where to Learn More

Chesnut, Mary Boykin Miller. A Diary from Dixie. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. Reprint, New York: Random House, 1997.

Chesnut, Mary Boykin Miller. The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries. New York: Oxford University Press, 1984.

DeCredico, Mary A. Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Confederate Woman's Life. Madison, WI: Madison House, 1996.

Muhlenfeld, Elisabeth. Mary Boykin Chesnut: A Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.

Woodward, C. Vann, ed. Mary Chesnut's Civil War. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1981.

Pauline Cushman

Born June 10, 1833 New Orleans, Louisiana Died December 2, 1893 San Francisco, California

Stage actress who served as a Union spy

Pauline Cushman

Born June 10, 1833 New Orleans, Louisiana Died December 2, 1893 San Francisco, California

Stage actress who served as a Union spy

Pauline Cushman Diary

Pauline Cushman used her skills as an actress to pretend that she supported the Confederate cause during the Civil War. In reality, she collected information about Confederate spies and strategies and passed it along to Union authorities. In 1863, Cushman was captured and sentenced to death by Confederate general Braxton Bragg (1817-1876; see entry). If the sentence had been carried out, she would have been the only female spy executed by either side during the war. But Union troops arrived in Shelbyville, Tennessee, in time to save her.

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