General Stuart's New Aid
Credit: HarpWeek
Original Author: Harper's Weekly
Created: April 4, 1863
Medium: Newspaper illustration
Publisher: HarpWeek

General Stuart’s New Aid

During the American Civil War (1861–1865), Antonia Ford became acquainted with Confederate cavalry general J. E. B. Stuart and began supplying him with information. When her father opened the family's home—which was located halfway between Washington, D.C., and Manassas—as a gathering spot for Union officers, she had ample opportunity to charm Union soldiers and steal their secrets. In March of 1863, Ford was implicated in the cavalry raid on Fairfax Court House in which John Singleton Mosby's rangers captured Union general Edwin H. Stoughton in his headquarters. This cartoon, printed in the unionist Harper's Weekly, identifies Ford only as "General Stuart's New Aid" and depicts her, horseback, as part of Stuart's cavalry.

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