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Rose O'Neal Greenhow Embroidery

Confederate spymaster Rose O’Neal Greenhow risked her family’s wealth, social position, and safety to spy for the South during the Civil War. Even after she and her daughter were imprisoned, she continued her espionage. Among her accomplishments, Greenhow developed her own system of enciphering secret messages to send along her “Secret Line” via couriers who carried military and government secrets, passing them from Washington and Baltimore to the Confederacy. She once declared, "God gave me both a brain and a body, and I shall use them both..."

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