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Miss Major Pauline Cushman, Union Spy and Scout, Two CDVs in Uniform

Lot of 2 CDVs of Pauline Cushman in uniform, posed with her sword. E. & H.T. Anthony: New York, n.d., two cent revenue stamp on verso; and uncredited portrait from the same sitting. 

Cushman (1833-1897) was an aspiring teenage actress when she became involved in espionage on behalf of the Union. Caught with incriminating information, Cushman was sentenced to be executed as a spy and saved only by the timely arrival of Federal troops at her prison in Shelbyville, TN. Lincoln awarded Cushman an honorary major's commission and she engaged in cloak and dagger work until growing notoriety blew her cover. With the benefit of a populist biography, Cushman toured the country speaking about her wartime exploits and profiting from the sale of CDVs.

Condition:

Anthony CDV: trimmed, and clipped corners. Pencil ID on verso. 

Unmarked CDV: Light soiling to image and mount, light edge/corner wear. Subject identified in period ink on verso as "Miss Major Pauline Cushman The Female Spy.

Estimate: $700 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,280
11/19/2020

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