Lecture: Confederate Spy Loose in Alexandria! | News Release | City of Alexandria


Free Illustrated Lecture

Confederate Spy Loose in Alexandria!

Rose O’Neal Greenhow and the Secret War for Washington


Thursday, March 10

at 7 and 8 PM

(two presentations)


Alexandria Archaeology Museum

Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 North Union Street, #327

Old Town Alexandria




In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Alexandria Archaeology Museum will highlight Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Washington, D.C. socialite and Confederate spy. One of her original coded messages and exquisite hand-drawn maps of Northern Virginia will be on display. Try your hand at cracking her coded message, revealing military secrets concerning the Union defenses of Washington. At 7 and 8 p.m., city archaeologist Benjamin Skolnik will discuss this remarkable woman and her secret mission during the Civil War.


The lectures are held in conjunction with the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s celebration of the legacy of women in the arts during the March Second Thursday Art Night on March 10; 6 – 9 pm. Throughout the night, visitors are encourage to participate in the broader national conversation on this subject by posting on social media with the hashtag #5womenartists, created by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Enjoy an action-packed evening:


Thursday, March 10
6 – 9 pm

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