A very rare CDV view of the famous Union spy Pauline Cushman in her majors uniform. From the National Park Services web site on Cushman. She would later travel to New York City in pursuit of her craft, changing her name to Pauline Cushman. She toured the United States in a series of different plays. While touring with a theatrical troupe in Union-controlled Louisville, Kentucky, Pauline was paid to toast Confederate President Jefferson Davis after a performance.The theater fired her because she was now perceived as a southern sympathizer. In 1863, a new opportunity presented itself, the chance to spy for the Union. She became a camp follower touring with the Confederate Army in Kentucky and Tennessee. Her allure and striking presence aided her in obtaining information that would be of value to the Union Army.
After visiting the camp of General Braxton Bragg of the Confederate army, she managed to discover his battle plans. She aroused suspicions and was finally caught with his battle plans. She was tried in military court and sentenced to death. It is said that she was saved three days before her hanging by the invasion of the area by Union troops. Despite her close call she agreed to continue spying behind the Confederate line.She was awarded the rank of Brevet-Major by General Garfield and commended by President Abraham Lincoln for her service to the Union cause, and became known as Miss Major Cushman. By the end of the war in 1865 she was touring the country giving lectures on her exploits as a spy. Pauline Cushman exploits became popular and she was featured by P. Cushman suffered from arthritis and rheumatism in her final years. Racked with pain, she became addicted to pain medication an died from an overdose of opium in San Francisco.
She is buried in the officer's section of Golden Gate National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco. The carte is in fair condition with clipped corners and a small portion of the albumen missing in the upper-right corner.
On the reverse is printed a brief biography of Cushmans war service along with Anthonys backmark. A portion of a revenue stamp is also there.
Measures about 2 1/2 x 4. Please see my other items for more interesting and original Civil War pieces. The item "Very Rare Civil War CDV of Union Spy Pauline Cushman in Her Major's Uniform" is in sale since Wednesday, October 24, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Photographic Images\Vintage & Antique (Pre-1940)\CDVs".The seller is "iron-horse-sales" and is located in Champaign, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.