Thursday, May 23, 2013

PBS Airing Rebel, About a Confederate Female Soldier Turned Spy -
-and there are spies for both sides in Rebel Raiders on the High Seas

One of the perks of being a journalist is previewing television shows for PBS, and today on I posted one for Rebel, which airs tomorrow (Friday, May 24) at 10 p.m. on most PBS stations.

Told through dramatic re-enactments Rebel is the true story of Loretta Velazquez, "an Hispanic woman in a white man's war" as she described herself in her memoir, A Woman in Battle, first published in 1876 (and still in print).    Donning her late husband's uniform she enlisted as a lieutenant in the 7th Louisiana and fought at both Bull Run and Shiloh.  She later became a spy for the Confederacy - and eventually may have been turned into a double-agent by the Union.

Two well-known female spies of the war appear on cards in Rebel Raiders:  actress Pauline Cushman (USN Card 39: "All the World's a Stage) and Rose O'Neal Greenhow (CSN Card 82: "A Rose by any other name...")

For more on Rebel, follow the link below to my article:  (the illustration below is of actress Romi Dias, who plays Loretta Velazquez in Rebel; photo courtesy of PBS Voces).

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