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Pauline Cushman

1860s

Actress Pauline Cushman left the stage to become a spy for the Union army. Claiming to be looking for her brother, she impersonated a male soldier moving easily among Confederate troops. After she was caught and nearly executed, she toured the country in uniform, telling of her adventures.

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