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