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Rose Greenhow climbed to the top of Washington society through her skillful use of protocol, politics and fortunate marriages of her own and other family members. She knew everyone who was anyone in the young capital and managed to maintain contacts with prominent figures on both sides of the growing divide between North and South, An unrepentant defender of slavery, Mrs. Greenhow nonetheless kept on speaking terms with abolitionists, even after her imprisonment for espionage during the Civil War. She counted many of the key figures in American history as friends and colleagues.

Prisoners Rose Greenhow and Little Rose

Rose and Little Rose in prison, painting by Stanley Arthur, used by permission of Biggs Museum of American Art

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Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison

John C. Calhoun

John C. Calhoun

President Buchanan

President Buchanan

John C. Fremont

John C. Fremont

Jessie Benton Fremont

Jessie Benton Fremont

President Lincoln

President Lincoln

General P.G.T. Beauregard

General P.G.T. Beauregard

Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis

Rose's Home

"Fort Greenhow"

Old Capitol Prison

Old Capitol Prison

Prisoners

Prisoners

The images here are from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and Library of Congress. They are used in Wild Rose by permission.

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