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was gradually recovering from his faintness, the brave fellow, true to instructions, designated the farmer's boy, as the one who had shot him, because he was a Yankee. It now became evident to the rebs that each party had mistaken the other for Yanks ; but for further precaution, Pauline was ordered to accompany them, and the wounded soldier was placed on a horse, and the party took up their march to Wartrace. This was a programme not at all agreeable to her, and as they rode along through tce of four of the rebel scouts from whom she had escaped the night before, and who had tracked her all the way from Hillsboro. Although she pretended to be glad to see them and explained her separation from them as the result of her fears of the Yanks, they were neither gulled nor mollified, but gruffly ordered her to accompany them back, without even taking the breakfast which her kind hostess pressed upon them. And soon she was in the saddle, and proceeding on her journey, under the care of
itary style, with dainty shoulder-straps, and presented the dress to the gallant major with all the customary honors. Amusing instance of rebel desertion. After the recent advance of our army upon Bragg at Tullahoma, and his retreat, the Pioneer Brigade pushed on to Elk river to repair a bridge. While one of its men, a private, was bathing in the river, five of Bragg's soldiers, guns in hand, came to the bank and took aim at the swimmer, one of them shouting: Come in here, you — Yank, out of the wet! The Federal was quite sure that he was done for, and at once obeyed the order. After dressing himself, he was thus accosted: You surrender, our prisoner, do you? Yes; of course I do. That's kind. Now we'll surrender to you! And the five stacked arms before him, their spokesman adding- We've done with 'em, and have said to old Bragg, good-by! Secesh is played out. Now you surround us and take us into your camp. This was done accordingly, and is but one
g her life in solemn and terrible earnestness for her country's good. She was, at that time, playing at Mozart Hall, or Wood's theatre, in Louisville, Ky., then the headquarters of the rebel sympathizers of the southwest; and, although under Union a most virulent secessionist. Before she had left the theatre, the guards arrived to arrest her; but-out of respect to Mr. Wood, the proprietor of the theatre — they were deterred from actually executing their errand, and it was arranged that she new theatre of Nashville, Tenn., arrived at Louisville, engaged in looking up a good company of actors, and meeting with Mr. Wood of the Louisville theatre, was recommended to secure Miss Cushman. She is a good looking woman, and an accomplished act can only keep her out of the provost-marshal's hands, you will make a good thing, for she will be popular at once, said Mr. Wood. So the proposition was made to Pauline, and, after advising with the military authorities, under whose guidance she wa
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eatre 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 h! 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 countrning. He informed her that her trunks which she had left at Nashville, had been seized by Colonel Truesdail, whereupon she made a great show of pretended indignation, declaring that she would go to sent, answered Pauline, proudly. By whom, may I ask, Miss Cushman? By the Federal Colonel, Truesdail. And why were you sent? inquired Bragg, with a sly look of incredulity. Because I gave, and went to Nashville, where I got a fresh engagement, only to be sent away in turn; for Colonel Truesdail, the chief of the Federal army police, getting wind of my Southern sentiments, and hearing
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f the earlier days of chivalry-few are more striking or picturesque than the simple narrative of facts which we are about to relate. Miss Pauline Cushman, or Major Cushman, as she is, by right, most generally called, was born in the city of New Orleans, on the 10th day of June, 1833, her father being a Spaniard, a native of Madrid, and a prosperous merchant of the Crescent city, and her mother a French woman of excellent social position and attainments. In course of time, her father met witbegan: Of what country are you a native, Miss Cushman? he asked, waving her to a chair with his hand. I am an American, sir; but of French and Spanish parentage, she answered. And you were born where? he asked. In the city of New Orleans. Hum! ejaculated the general, doubtingly. How comes it, then, that — that your pronunciation has the Yankee twang? It comes, probably, from the fact that I am, professionally, an actress, she answered promptly, and as I am in the habi
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expressed the liveliest interest in her situation; the brave soldiers heard of the noble woman whom they had thus opportunely saved from a terrible death, and, on every hand, she received the most tender and convincing tokens of the general esteem in which she was held. At eleven o'clock the next morning, in the general's own ambulance, well stocked with all the comforts and necessaries which the generosity and courtesy of her new friends could suggest, she left Shelbyville en route to Murfreesboro. There a day and a night's rest enabled her to take the cars to Nashville; and under the care of an officer of General Granger's staff, who had himself done her the honor of attending her thus far, she began her return journey to that city. On her arrival there, she was waited upon by the most distinguished generals of the army, and by others less prominent-all of whom, however, were united in treating her with a delicate and even affectionate courtesy, which left her no comfort to be d
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born in the city of New Orleans, on the 10th day of June, 1833, her father being a Spaniard, a native of Madrid, and a prosperous merchant of the Crescent city, and her mother a French woman of excellent social position and attainments. In course of time, her father met with losses which followed one another in rapid succession, and unable to stay the tide of adversity, after a brave but unavailing struggle, he abandoned his enterprises in New Orleans, and removed with his family to Grand Rapids, Michigan. This town was at that time little more than a frontier settlement, and opening an establishment for the purposes of trade with the neighboring Indians, he soon found himself in active and successful business. Pauline, meanwhile, the only girl in a family of six brothers, had arrived at the age of ten years, and was growing in beauty and intelligence. The circumstances which surrounded her domestic life, however, somewhat clouded the joy of the young girl's earlier years. Her fat
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at time, playing at Mozart Hall, or Wood's theatre, in Louisville, Ky., then the headquarters of the rebel sympathizers of thore her was full of danger, excitement, and importance. Louisville, at this time, was undermined by disloyal sentiments andgnant delight-even by wealthy and well known citizens of Louisville. Many of these plots Miss Cushman was the means of brinervice, however, which she rendered her country while in Louisville, was the detection of her landlady in the act of mixing ccessfully gammoned some of the leading secessionists of Louisville, especially a Mrs. Ford, and placed a very effectual embllen, of the new theatre of Nashville, Tenn., arrived at Louisville, engaged in looking up a good company of actors, and meee her a pass, and her only way, therefore, to get out of Louisville, was to run the blockade. Proceeding, at the appointed congratulations at her escape from the Federal power at Louisville, and of exultation at her having got away from that plac
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y out of sight, than with cheeks burning and eyes flashing, the actress proceeded to the office of Colonel Moore, the United States Provost-Marshal, with whom she had a slight acquaintance, and to whom she related the whole affair. He quietly and ktal manner in which she had carried out the pseudo-treasonable plan. She was now enlightened as to the design of the United States officers, who informed her that she must enter the secret service of the government. They also advised her to moderaShe managed to play the sympathizer until she had gained a full knowledge of the plan, and then secretly informed the United States authorities, by whom the poor soldiers were removed in time from the fate which awaited them, and the fiend-woman wasary as not to excite suspicion, would yet serve to refresh the memory on certain points. The Oath of Fidelity to the United States was then solemnly administered to Miss Cushman; the gallant colonel presented to her a handsome six-shooter, and on a
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of the Cumberland. Among the wild and dashing exploits which have signalized the recent war-rivalling in heroic and dramatic interest the most famous achievements of the earlier days of chivalry-few are more striking or picturesque than the simple narrative of facts which we are about to relate. Miss Pauline Cushman, or Major Cushman, as she is, by right, most generally called, was born in the city of New Orleans, on the 10th day of June, 1833, her father being a Spaniard, a native of Madrid, and a prosperous merchant of the Crescent city, and her mother a French woman of excellent social position and attainments. In course of time, her father met with losses which followed one another in rapid succession, and unable to stay the tide of adversity, after a brave but unavailing struggle, he abandoned his enterprises in New Orleans, and removed with his family to Grand Rapids, Michigan. This town was at that time little more than a frontier settlement, and opening an establishmen
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