Belle Boyd: Paving The Way For Women For Centuries To Come

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Belle Boyd: Paving the Way for Women for Centuries to Come “Perhaps Miss Boyd wasn’t beautiful, or as beautiful, physically, as some other women, yet there was something beautiful about her… something a man never forgot,” (Snow 90). Maria Isabella Boyd, was one of the most prominent spies for the Confederates during the Civil War. Although Miss Boyd was very young when she started her spying career, she was nothing short of a reputable spy. Throughout Boyd’s life, living as a spy, she was arrested a total of about seven times, but was only incarcerated twice. Boyd may not be the most appropriate model for young women today, but she helped her fellow Confederates in what they might have considered the most important ways. Belle Boyd was one …show more content…
Like most people, there is a significant event that might spike an interest for a certain occupation or career, and Boyd was no exception. At the beginning of the Civil War, 1861, the Boyd family residence was being invaded by drunken, demanding, Union soldiers. In the city of Martinsburg, Virginia, a city normally filled with Union supporters, sat the Boyd’s household (Moore). The Union soldiers came in, insisting that the Federal flag be raised over their home. Belle’s mother couldn’t take it and argued with the soldiers, in which the soldiers responded back in a way that was expressed by Belle Boyd herself as, “in language as offensive as it is possible to conceive.” Belle simply couldn’t take it any longer and killed the Union soldier, which started her notable spying career, at just seventeen …show more content…
Throughout her multiple arrests and movement, she meets many Union soldiers. Such as one of her captors, named Samuel Hardinge, whom she married and later had a child with and surprisingly convinced him to join the Confederates (Moore). Hardinge was just one of many, in fact, Belle had four Union veterans attend her funeral after having a heart attack while performing as an actor at the age of fiftey-six (Groh.). Belle wasn’t exactly the ideological Confederate supporter because she socialized with the Union soldiers in a friendly and romantic manner, but she supported the Confederates in a way that most women during this time didn’t even think about, which made Belle even more appreciated by the Confederates

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