Actress Pauline Cushman (a female spy) had been sent south to Shelbyville, under the guise as a pro-South secesh.Â Her real role lay in spying on Confederate officers.Â Caught in Bedford County disguised as a man, Cushman was searched for detailed drawings of area fortifications.Â General Bragg swore she would face the sternest punishment, death by hanging.Â Falling ill, faked or not, delayed Cushmanâ€™s sentence.Â A second reprieve came with the Union forces causing Bragg to retreat toward Tullahoma without hanging Cushman. Â
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