Belle described her childhood in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), as idyllic, living a care-free life of a reckless tomboy who climbed trees, raced through the woods, and dominated brothers, sisters, and cousins. Belle was said to have ridden her horse into a room full of dinner guests after her parents had told her she was too young to attend the party.
|Martinsburg, Virginia during the Civil War|
|Wax Museum Depiction of Boyd Shooting Union Soldier|
|Daniel Keily, Seated to the Right|
|Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia|
Jackson did and that evening penned a note of gratitude to her: "I thank you, for myself and for the army, for the immense service that you have rendered your country today."
|Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson|
|Southern Cross of Honor|
|Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.|
Months later in 1864, she volunteered to carry Confederate papers to England aboard the blockade runner Greyhound. The ship was stopped on May 10, 1864 by the Union Navy. Boyd eventually managed to escape, first to Canada, and then to London.
|Belle Boyd Hardinge, 1865|
|George Augustus Sala|
|Cover Page of Boyd's Memoir,|
Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison
She was buried in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Wisconsin Dells, with members of the Local GAR as her pallbearers.
Her tombstone inscription: