A Thorn in the Union’s Side: Rose O’Neal Greenhow

[This blog post comes from the Resource Management Branch of the North Carolina State Archives.]

A Thorn in the Union’s Side: Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy Part One” (PDF) will be presented on Monday, November 14, 2011 from 10:30—11:30 a.m. in the auditorium at the Archives and History/State Library Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC 27699. Greenhow, born in Maryland, was a well-known Washington socialite, passionate secessionist, and one of the most renowned Confederate spies in the Civil War. She was returning from Europe where she had pressed the Confederate cause with European royalty when she drowned off the North Carolina coast in 1864.

Debbi Blake, head of the Public Services Branch of the North Carolina State Archives, has spent many years researching Rose O’Neal Greenhow, and was the lead researcher for the book, North Carolina’s First Ladies 1891-2001. Debbi is well-known for her knowledge on women in the Civil War and is a member of the North Carolina State Archives’ Civil War 150 Speakers Bureau.

This lecture is part of the State Archives’ Civil War Sesquicentennial “Second Mondays” series. A tentative calendar for our 2012 lectures include:

  • February: Capture of the Coast – Chris Meekins
  • May: Soldiers’ Graves and Cemeteries – Archives Civil War 150 staff
  • August: Death Study – Josh Howard
  • November: Conscription – Bill Brown
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3 Responses to A Thorn in the Union’s Side: Rose O’Neal Greenhow

  1. Pingback: Veteran’s Day, Electronic Records Conference, and Rose O’Neal Greenhow « History For All the People

  2. My name is Richard Smith with the Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table,(www.wnccwrt.org) located in Sylva, NC. We would like Ms. Debbie Blake to give a talk to our Round Table on Rose O’neal Greehow…How do I contact Ms Blake? Thanks.

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