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In his Civil War memoir, Confederate General John B. Gordon (1832 1904) recalled leading the spearhead of Lee's army through Gettysburg and on to the towns of York and Wrightsville on June 28th, 1863. While his procession was entering York a young girl ran up to him and handed him a large bouquet of flowers, which served to camouflage a letter from a Southern spy.

Written in a feminine hand, the emissary reported accurately on the Union forces in the neighboring town of Wrightsville, their strength, their position and how best to maneuver around them:

"The result of this movement vindicated the strategic wisdom of my unknown and - judging by the handwriting - woman correspondent, whose note was none the less martial because embedded in roses, and whose evident genius for war, had occasion offered might have made her a captain equal to Catherine."

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A Southern Spy in Pennsylvania (W.C. Storrick, 1951)

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