Trivia Question 2-8-19 A Tale of Southern “Belles” & Bonus

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It’s the summer of ’64 and 4 ladies are part of a plan,
the Rebel army is desperate, could these “belles” hide contraband?
For sympathizers in Maryland were holding much needed supplies,
their mission was to get them, and deliver them to their guys.

The ladies headed to a house, for help was waiting there,
quickly packing their supplies and hiding them with care,
well aware, if they were caught, life would not be nice,
but for their Rebel soldiers, they’d pay any price.

While trying to cross the Potomac (determined to get back),
they saw Union soldiers and thought they would attack.
They hurried to a safe house, and hid their illicit “stuff”,
the soldiers came, “Spies They Said”! now it’s getting rough.

The Old Capitol Prison was where these ladies were sent,
“we’re on a pleasure trip”, they declared, “you have no evidence".
They finally got their freedom and of course they tried again,
this time they were successful and supplies will reach their men.

Safely in Virginia, they were met by elated soldiers,
offering congratulations for their exemplary boldness.
Always close to danger, but with “guts” they carried through,
the motto on that day, “a lady does what she must to do”.

Oh to think a ladies garment would prove a successful ploy,
it was enough for these girls to sneak past those Union boys.
They left the shores of Maryland in garments that didn’t droop,
for their supplies were “packed away” in their skirts with hoops.

Name the Southern Belles ? ? ? ?

credit: @DBF

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A career military officer, I graduated from West Point at the outbreak of hostilities and rose to become a major general by the age of twenty-five. After the war, I traveled abroad observing foreign military operations firsthand. I was a great admirer of the Prussian military. My book based on my observations was widely used by the U. S. Army. Another book advocating changes and reorganization of the Army was unpublished for over twenty years after my death.
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Elizabeth White, Kate and Betsie Ball, and Annie Hempstone

Bonus: My guess is Pierce M. B. Young

Edit - Young would have been a member of the West Point Class of 1861 had he graduated, but he resigned from the academy two months before graduation.

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