D.C. August 23, 1861: On orders from President Lincoln, detective Allan
Pinkerton arrests charming high society widow Rose Greenhow. The lady
in question had sweet-talked top-flight Union officials and lowly Union
clerks alike, encoded their information, and smuggled messages
South—with the help of her own spy ring! Ann
author of a new biography of Mrs. Greenhow, will expose the spy’s
dramatic exploits and her convention-breaking role as a personal
emissary of President Jefferson Davis.
Wild Rose herself will join the presentation to reveal how she helped the South win the First Battle of Bull Run.
Actress Emily Lapisardi recreates Greenhow from her words and deeds, and is ready to withstand interrogation from our audience of espionage experts.
Ann Blackman will sign copies of Wild Rose, Civil War Spy, A True Story following the program.
On June 9th, 2005, members of The O'Neal Genealogy Association attended the event at the International Spy Museum. Ann Blackman gave a stirring rendition of her new book, "Wild Rose." After the presentation Emily Lapisardi, a Historical Impersonator gave a moving presentation as Rose O'Neale Greenhow, and then she and Ann answered questions from the audience. After the presentation, members of The O'Neal Genealogy Association presented Ann and Emily with a dozen long stemmed roses. Below are some photos...
On behalf of the entire membership of The O'Neal Genealogy Association, I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Ann Blackman, Mike Putzel, Emily Lapisardi and her father Fred, Peter Earnest, and last but not least, Amanda Ohlke for showing us such a wonderful time whilst visiting our nation's capitol.