Marie “Belle” Boyd was a Confederate spy during the American Civil War. Her career as a spy didn’t begin in the most delightful way. One day her mother and her were sitting at home when a few drunken Union officers intruded their house. They heard Belle had Confederate flags hung in her room and they went to replace them with Union ones. While they were there, the officers talked to Belle’s mom in a manner that she didn’t like, a way as Belle describes as “a language as offensive as it is to become”. Outraged, she got a pistol and killed the rude officer, thus beginning her career as a spy. She was attractive, well dressed and had a good figure which helped her get close to the Union officers. At only the age 17 she used her charm and flirtation techniques to receive information about the Union army to give back to the Confederacy. Belle would confiscate weapons, deliver medical supplies and mostly just give secrets to the Confederate Army. As she grew older, she worked from her dad’s hotel room in Front Royal, Virginia. There, she eavesdropped on Union General James Sheilds to hear that the Union army’s strength was going to be reduced. On May 23 1862, She reported this to General Jackson who awarded her with the Southern Cross of Honor. Belle was arrested seven times but released thanks to her charm before actually being held for a month. However, she was released just to get arrested again a few months later. She escaped from prison and fled to safety where she then married a Union solider later on. Belle broke the gender stereotypes by not only sneaking around and getting information for the Confederacy, but not giving up when she gets caught multiple times. She does the dirty work, as killing a Union soldier and sneaking around Union camps to flirt with men for information. Most women in the Civil War helped support from home and took care of the soldiers, but Belle didn’t take that route. She got herself out there and risked her freedom to physically help the soldiers and receive information that gave them an edge on the war.