A few years ago my friend Joyce Springmier gave me a book by Penny Colman titled, “Spies! Women in the Civil War.” I was amazed that Pauline Cushman was one of the women included in the book. I had not thought of the story my mother had told me for years. Many women spies were arrested but I don’t think any woman spy was actually hanged. Pauline came pretty close though.
In addition to the several women who worked as spies during the Civil War, there were women who put on a uniform and fought alongside men in the Civil War. Some have been documented and others have not.
And speaking of veterans, George “Rocky” Blare, a pilot over North Africa during WW II, will raise the new flag at MainSource Friday. Walter Pleak raised it last year.