Shelbyville | Tennessee Vacation


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

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