The First Battle of Bull Run might not have been a smashing Confederate victory without the flowing curls of Rose
Greenhow. On July 9, 1861 she hid a message in her lovely tresses; when she combed out her hair for Rebel officers, they learned that Union
troops were about to march on Richmond. A second message contained the invaders' strength and marching orders.
Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard later said that Greenhow "lived in a house within rifle range of the White House." Her
house became the heart of a Southern spy network, and at the height of her activities Greenhow directed more than 50 agents.
Today in the Word, MBI, October, 1991, p. 16.
At age 14 he ran away from home and fought in the French and Indian War. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he joined
the American army as a colonel and in 1775 shared a command with Ethan Allen in the capture of Ticonderoga. Later he led 1000 men
into Canada where he fought in the battle of Quebec. His courage in battle won him a promotion to brigadier general. But
something went wrong. Thoughts of compromise ate away at his patriotic zeal. Soon the unthinkable happened. He offered his
services to the British, and in 1780 devised a plan to surrender West Point to British control. Today, instead of being
remembered as a national hero, Benedict Arnold is synonymous with "traitor."
Today in the Word, June, 1990, p. 10.