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Greenhow, Rose O'Neal 1814-1864

Works: 38 works in 87 publications in 1 language and 4,876 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives‡vConfederate 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E608,
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My imprisonment and the first year of abolition rule at Washington by Rose O'Neal Greenhow ( )
5 editions published between 1863 and 2013 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rose O'Neal Greenhow was born in Maryland in 1817, but little is known of her childhood. In 1835, she married a prominent doctor, Robert Greenhow. When the couple moved to Washington, Mrs. Greenhow became one of the most popular hostesses of the period, and her home served as the meeting place for several political leaders. Her husband died in 1854, but Rose continued to be an important figure in Washington, and this position allowed her to spy for the Confederacy. It is rumored that she procured Northern plans for the Battle of Manassas and was thereby responsible for the overwhelming Confederate victory. She was placed under house arrest due to Union suspicions concerning her activities at the beginning of 1862, and in June of that year she was released under the provision that she stay behind Confederate lines. She then moved to Richmond. In the summer of 1863, she went to Charleston, South Carolina and hired a blockade runner to take her to Europe with letters to Confederate Commissioners there. Greenhow drowned in her attempt to return to the South in 1864, and she is buried in Wilmington, North Carolina
Papers by Rose O'Neal Greenhow ( )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Correspondence, photocopies, and transcripts of and relating to Rose Greenhow and her activities on behalf of the Confederate States of America. The bulk of the collection consists of letters, 1863-1864, from Greenhow to Alexander Robinson Boteler (1815-1892) reporting on the bombardment (July 1863) of Charleston, S.C., interviews with Confederate officers, and her mission to Europe, including meetings with Napoleon III, Cardinal Wiseman, and Thomas Carlyle. Also, an 1860 letter to Francis P. Corbin introducing Bishop Kip. Photocopies include a lengthy (though incomplete) letter to Jefferson Davis; a published letter to William H. Seward written while in prison in Washington, D.C.; a newspaper account of her funeral; and a 1952 clipping relating to the cemetery in Wilmington, N.C., where she is buried
My imprisonment and first year of abolition rule at Washington by Rose O'Neal Greenhow ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Alternative Names
Greenhow, Rose O'Neale 1814-1864
Mrs. Greenhow 1814-1864
O'Neale Greenhow, Rose 1814-1864
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