Pauline Cushman

Pauline Cushman Major Pauline Cushman (1870's) was an actress turned Civil War spy who was ultimately captured and sentenced to be executed by the South. Rescued three days prior to her scheduled hanging, she was given the honorary commission of Major by President Abraham Lincoln. She toured the country for a number of years, telling of her exploits. She finally settled in Casa Grande, Arizona, with her third husband, sheriff Jere Fryer. After a few years of marriage, she moved to San Francisco where she spent the last years of her life as a scrubwoman. She died amid rumors of suicide and was buried at the Presidio by the Grand Army of the Republic.

Thanks to C.L. Greening for the bio!


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