Loreta Janeta Velazquez

Madame Velazquez

In Patriots in Disguise I show and discuss a photograph that appears in a book about Confederate spying operations in Canada during the Civil War. It purports to be of a young Confederate woman who was helping Confederate prisoners in Canada. When I saw the photograph, I recognized her as almost certainly being Loreta Janeta Velazquez of "The Woman in Battle" fame, whose face was portrayed in an engraving in that work. If so, this is a feat of historical detective work for which I have not been properly credited. Compare for yourself the photograph of the unnamed spy and the engraving of Madame Velazquez. Note particularly the nose and mouth area.

Photo of Unnamed Spy

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