Women of the War


Rebecca Wright

Born: January 31 1842 - Winchester, Virginia

Died: ?

    One day after class, Rebecca opened her door to a man posing as a peddler. Once within her home and away from prying eyes, the old man pulled a written message from his mouth. The paper read: "Ms. Wright, I know that you are a loyal lady and still love the old flag. Can you inform me of the position of rebel troops and (their) probable intentions? Have any troops arrived from Richmond or (are) anymore coming?" The note was signed General Philip Sheridan of the Union Army.

Note: It was discovered that Rebecca supplied the information that helped the Union army drive the Rebels from Winchester, and she was hated in her hometown after the Civil War.

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