Civil War & Reconstruction Civil War Stafford's Confederate Year Confederate Spies

Confederate Spies

Confederate spies, such as Washington resident Rose Greenhow, populated key cells in Union cities and passed useful information to the Confederacy.  In Stafford there was a spy, Jane Gray, who lived by the Rappahannock River.  Her home, Traveller’s Rest,  had a bay window where she could easily notify the “rebels” on the other side of the river.  Union officer, Marsena Patrick, constantly tried to catch her in action, but failed.  She always politely asked him to stay for tea.  (Unfortunately, a photo of her does not exist.  She is buried in the Gray family cemetery next to the site of Traveller’s Rest.  The home was taken down in the 1930s since it was structurally weak.)

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