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Fun Fact July 29, 2020.

29 July 2020


A little local history in today’s fun fact.  It was on this date in 1862, during the Civil War, that Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.  Isabel Marie Boyd, aka Belle Boyd, aka, Cleopatra of the Succession, aka the Siren of the Shenandoah, was born in Martinsburg, WV on May 9th, 1844.  She ran her fathers hotel in Front Royal and provided important information to Stonewall Jackson in 1862. Boyd was arrested at least six times but somehow was never jailed. By late July 1862, detective Allan Pinkerton had assigned three men to work on her case. She was finally captured by Union officials on July 29, 1862, after her lover gave her up. She was held for a month before being released on August 29, 1862, when she was exchanged at Fort Monroe. She was arrested again in June 1863, but was released after contracting typhoid fever.  We are fortunate to have Belle Boyd Cottage here in Front Royal where you can get all the details of her life.