Lot 331: ANS signed "Belle Boyd Hammond-High," one page, 10.25 x 6, March 23, 1884. A friendly note to "Melton." In full: "Cherish thru life kind thoughts of me & know that the pleasant hours spent in your home after so many years have intervened shall often be recalled by me. Your old schoolmate and friend." In fine condition, with repaired paper loss to lower right corner and a few tiny repaired edge tears. Known as the 'Cleopatra of the Secession,' Boyd was a Confederate spy in the Civil War who operated from her father's hotel in Virginia and provided valuable information to Confederate General Stonewall Jackson in 1862. After marrying Nathaniel Rue High—her third husband—in the mid-1880s, Boyd toured the United States giving dramatic lectures about her life as a spy. An exceedingly rare Civil War autograph from one of the conflict's more intriguing figures.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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