Greater Parkersburg

Category: Free Event, Historical Event

Brown Baggin’ Thru History: Only Female Officer in the Civil War

Date: Friday, April 2 2021

Topic: Major Pauline Cushman, Spy of the Cumberland

Location: Campus Martius Museum
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
601 Second St
Marietta, OH

Reservations Required. Limit 30.

Cost: FREE Program

Guest Speaker: Valerie Hamill

Topic: Major Pauline Cushman, Spy of the Cumberland
Pauline Cushman was the only female officer of the Civil War. Ms. Cushman was 30 years old when she dressed in men’s clothing and was sent deep into enemy territory, sometimes on horseback and sometimes on foot. She was shot at, captured, labeled a spy, and sentenced to hang. Three days prior to her execution she was rescued by Union Troops. Born in the south, raised in Michigan with 7 brothers and a tribe of friendly Native Americans, she learned how to ride, hunt, track, and shoot better than most men. An interesting history of a woman that many have never heard about.

Bio: Valerie Hamill is a member of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society and has served as chair of the Rosecrans Ladies Aid Society as well as a volunteer to the fundraising efforts for the Rosecrans statue. She is the director of the Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio. Valerie and her husband Bruce live on Valarie’s family homestead in Galena and raise chickens and enjoy gardening.
This program is free thanks to the generous support of the Washington County Public Library. 

Admission: FREE

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Brown Baggin’ Thru History: Only Female Officer In The Civil War