The most flamboyantly successful of all Confederate Female spies
were two, born in Virginia, moved to Ohio, sisters known for bedazzling Yankee soldiers
with girly sighs and clever, mesmerizing Southern lies,
Daughters of Dr. Robert S. Moon and Cynthia Ann Sullivan, they were named Virginia Bethel Moon and Cynthia Charlotte Moon, and called Ginnie and Lottie.
By today’s standards they were nothing more, nothing less, than
two fabulous, totally scintillating and amazing, Confederate hotties!
Their Virginia Daddy, Robert Moon’s passion for the South was undiluted when they all moved to Ohio.
It ignited in his daughters a form of Southern devotion, achieving the level of oh, my oh!
The daughters became Copperhead Confederates from the tips of pretty toes to the tops of lovely heads of hair.
For them, aiding the South was never an Oh, oh, no, but always a go, go, go!
During the War, while message and medicine transporting, and nursing wounded soldiers, the Moon sisters collected Yankee and Southerner hearts in beau after beau.
Harkening to Yankee whispers on starlit nights, they passed on Yankee secrets to Southern Generals in broad daylight.
They glowed. They gleamed. They fulfilled Confederacy-loaded dreams in such a manner
legends of them today are coated in pure, unadulterated Scarlet O’Hara glamor.
They made masterful uses of their figures and faces, ruffles and laces, personalities and Intellectual skills.
They tantalized with teasing eyes, and veiled suggestions of creations of future situations involving intimate relations and romantic thrills.
Without question, superior equestrians, they were honed, deadly Copperhead weapons in skirts, and as masterful at gun handling as they were flirts
Lottie, at thirty, though less pulchritudinous than fifteen-year-old Ginnie,
hurled ever as many Cupid’s darts—broke ever as many Yankee hearts.
It is said, Lottie did not falter at leaving a future Yankee General at the altar.
After Lottie wedded James Clark of the Knights of the Golden Circle,
her smuggling of medicine and messages, her espionage expertise
leaped in a remarkable increase.
Disguised as an Irish washerwoman hurrying through Kentucky to a sick hubby,
she gained rides with Union soldiers, by shedding a few Moon tears
on ready here and there Yankee shoulders.
And thus, an urgent Confederate message was conveyed
from General Sterling Price to General Edmund Kirby Smith
in another of those “Moon actions” now mistakenly labeled a myth.
While returning home on a train, Lottie acquired Union General Leslie Coombs as a new
Later, Lottie was in Canada where the Knights turned her around,
With messages to President Davis, Lottie was soon Southern bound.
Disguised as an ill Brit seeking treatment at Warm Springs,
Zooming through Union lines, Lottie had to work hard to avoid smiling at many things.
Edwin Stanton, deeming her a Republican fan, had set a military passport in her hand.
He’d placed Lottie in Mr. Lincoln’s own military inspection group and thus, stupidly joined the rank of Moon dupes,
Soon Lottie, busy with Lincoln, thanks to Stanton, was reviewing McClellan’s troops.
Feigning sleep in Lincoln’s own carriage, Lottie heard men’s secrets on topics ranging from strategies for battles to strategies for marriage.
Much later, Lottie’s role of espionage uncovered, Stanton, under stress, announced a 10,000$ reward for her arrest
Eventually Lottie was captured by men in blue. As for the severity of her sentence, well here’s a clue: Lottie, declared a dangerous Rebel spy, served her time in surprising style,
—Her jail? A fine hotel. Her sentence time? Just a little while! For soon she was led through an open door and, gleeful as could be, was set completely free.
Messages—50, Morphine filled bottles—40, Opium—7 pounds! All found
when sister, Ginnie and Mama Moon were Yankee accosted and Yankee arrested.
Oddly, when Mama was freed and Ginnie’s custody given to a dear Yankee soldier friend, not a single Yankee contested. Yankees learned nothing on that day—nothing
of that extremely important communiqué, the one to Nathan Bedford Forrest.
Swallowed in its written form, it caused Ginnie not a speck of harm.
Quite obviously, it was noted that Ginnie’s sentence was sugar coated.
Her indulgent treatment and speedy freedom, was certainly no
secret to boys in blue,
Acknowledging she had flirted her way to freedom after
her transfer to General Hurlbut for the “trial that never was, “
some Union soldiers were heard simply to say,” Ginnie did as Ginnie does.”
http://www.trishkaufmann.com/CP20164QKaufmann3-FINAL.pdf The Confederate
Philatelist: Confederate Collectanea.