Virginia Bethel Moon

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Virginia "Ginnie" Bethel Moon (1844–1925) was born in Ohio in 1844. She moved to Memphis, Tennessee with her mother in 1862 where she began a short but notable career as an espionage agent working with Memphis entrepreneur-turned-soldier Nathan Bedford Forrest and other Confederates, including her sister, Charlotte Moon. When the Union forces occupied the city, she was arrested for spying but escaped with the help of her sister. She continued her work further south and was eventually imprisoned in New Orleans. Ginnie returned to Memphis after the war and became a philanthropist, particularly helping with the yellow fever epidemics of the 1870s.

She died in New York City in 1925.


External links[edit]

  • History Quest
  • Bucy, Carole Stanford (25 December 2009). "Virginia Bethel Moon". Tennessee Encyclopedia. Knoxville, Tennessee: The University of Tennessee Press. Retrieved 2012-05-17.