Belle Boyd, also known as the “Cleopatra of the Secession,” was a well-educated debutante who attended Mount Washington Female College in Baltimore. Her father was a Confederate soldier and Isabella worked as a spy operating out of his hotel in Front Royal, Virginia. She kept Confederate flags in her room, and in 1861, she killed a Union soldier who hung a Union flag outside her house. She was exonerated of the killing but was kept under observation. Belle was arrested three times as a spy and sentenced to death once, but she always managed to be released or exchanged. Belle was married three times. After the war, she became an actress who toured the country giving lectures on her life as a Civil War spy.
This Belle Boyd mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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