Cape Fear Civil War Round Table
KELLY ATKINS HINSON
Portrays Rose O’Neal Greenhow
Confederate Spy during the Civil War
Rose O'Neal Greenhow (1813 or 1814 – October 1, 1864)
was a renowned Confederate spy during the American Civil War. A socialite in Washington, D.C. during the period before the war, she moved in important political circles and cultivated friendships with presidents, generals, senators, and high-ranking military officers. She used her connections to pass along key military information to the Confederacy at the start of the war. In early 1861, she was given control of a pro-Southern spy network in Washington, DC by her handler, Thomas Jordan, then a captain in the Confederate Army. She was credited by Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president, with ensuring the South's victory at the First Battle of Bull Run in late July 1861. Captured in August, Greenhow was subject to house arrest; found to have continued her activities, in 1862 after an espionage hearing, she was imprisoned for nearly five months in Washington, DC. Deported to the Confederate States, she traveled to Richmond, Virginia and new tasks. Running the blockade, she sailed to Europe to represent the Confederacy in a diplomatic mission to France and Britain from 1863 to 1864. In 1863 she also wrote and published her memoir in London, which was popular in Britain. After her returning ship ran aground in 1864 off Wilmington, North Carolina, she drowned when her rowboat overturned as she tried to escape a Union gunboat. She was honored with a Confederate military funeral. In 1993 the women's auxiliary of the Sons of Confederate Veterans changed its name to the Order of the Confederate Rose in Greenhow's honor.
Rose O'Neal Greenhow & Daughter
Kelly Atkins Hinson
is a 10th generation North Carolinian, born in Pinehurst, NC, now residing on her Confederate ancestor’s farm in Jackson Springs, NC. She is the proud mother of two little rebels, Tripp, 8 and Shiloh, 6 yrs old. They are often dressed in their 1860’s garb and attending living history events alongside their mother. Kelly is a 1994 graduate of nursing school at Sandhills College, but currently is a stay-at-home mom.