Rose O’Neal Greenhow- “Confederate Rose”

We are named in honor of Rose, who was a notable spy that General P.G.T. Beauregard credited with obataining the information from that helped him plan the victorious battle at Manassas, VA. Rose was eventually caught and imprisoned with her young Daughter “Little Rose” in the infamous Capital prison in Washington, DC.  Upon her release she was sent South and the Confederate States Government then sent her to Europe to try and gain aid for the Confederate States.   On her return voyage, while trying to reach shore after the blockade runner she was on ran aground during a storm, she insisted she be put ashore.  As she did not want to spend any additional time in a Federal Prison.  Obligingly the Captain released a rowboat with her and a few sailors to go ashore.  In the rough seas off Ft.Fisher NC the Rowboat capsized and Rose’s body was found onshore the next morning.  Rose had drowned because within her dress was hemmed many gold coins destined for the Confederate Government which Weighed her down.  Rose died a true Southern Martyr and Hero.  Under full Confederate Military honors she was buried at Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, a Confederate Flag draping her coffin.

“Instead of friends, I see in Washington only mortal enemies. Instead of loving the old flag of the stars and stripes, I see in it only the symbol of murder, plunder, oppression, and shame.”
Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy

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