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[110] face and a few womanly tears carried the point, and our heroine was soon on her way to Nashville, at that time the base of operations of the glorious Army of the Southwest.

On her arrival at Nashville, she met with a warm reception from “Secessia,” who were brimful of congratulations at her escape from the Federal power at Louisville, and of exultation at her having got away from that place without even securing a “pass” or taking the oath of allegiance. In her character of actress she soon became exceedingly popular, but her stay at the theatre was a short one; for, on her return from rehearsal one day, she found a summons from Colonel Truesdail, the chief of the army police of Nashville. On entering his office, she was received by him politely but distantly, as due to a stranger; but, no sooner had he dismissed his clerks, than his whole manner changed to one of cordiality. After complimenting her for her previous important services to the country, he informed her that he had selected her for a duty that would not only require the greatest discretion, constancy, and quickness of perception which she could command, but which was one of extraordinary peril — an undertaking which might end in glory, or in an ignominious death by the bullet, or by the rope! At these words she involuntarily shrank back, but yet she answered in a firm tone:

Colonel Truesdail, hundreds, aye, thousands of our noble soldiers, each one of greater service to our country than my poor self, have gladly given up their lives in her cause. Should I hesitate to do as much? No; I will do all that a woman should do, and all that a man dare do, for my country and the Union!

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