Defying women’s roles for a cause

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Posted: March 16, 2013

The Winchester Star

This portrait of Belle Boyd hangs in the Belle Boyd House in Martinsburg, W.Va. She was one of the best-known spies for the Confederacy during the Civil War. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Docent Joanne Huntsberry leads a tour of the Belle Boyd House in Martinsburg, W.Va. She tells stories about the rebellious spirit of the woman who spied for the Confederacy during the Civil War. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Huntsberry demonstrates the unusual door that leads to the basement in the house.
This photo of Boyd — wearing the uniform she had made after the Battle of Front Royal — hangs in the Belle Boyd House.
This is the Belle Boyd House on East Race Street in Martinsburg.
This is the Belle Boyd Cottage on Chester Street in Front Royal.

FRONT ROYAL — Spying on an enemy army, smuggling medical supplies, passing along valuable information in the middle of a battlefield and touring Europe as a celebrity were just some of the things...



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