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Wisconsin Dells in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Belle Boyd

Kilbourn Landmark

 
 
Belle Boyd Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, May 26, 2008
1. Belle Boyd Marker
Inscription.  
Born May 9, 1844 in Martinsburg, VA.
Died June 11, 1900 at Kilbourn, WI.

On May 23, 1862 at the Battle of Front Royal, VA., Belle Boyd, then 18, ran across the battlefield between the firing lines with information for Gen. Stonewall Jackson on the disposition of Union troops. With this information Jackson broke through and captured Front Royal, Union forces under Gen. Banks were driven from the Shenandoah Valley.

"One God, One Flag, One People – Forever" – Belle Boyd
 
Erected 1976.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US CivilWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1769.
 
Location. 43° 37.541′ N, 89° 45.242′ W. Marker is in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from Broadway Road (State Highway 23) 0.2 miles east of State Highway 13/16, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in the west area of Spring Grove Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War I Roll of Honor (approx. ¾ mile away); Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stroud Bank (approx. one mile away); H. H. Bennett Studio (approx. one mile away); Hero of the Red River (approx. 1.1 miles away); Natural Ingenuity (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bailey's Landing (approx. 1.1 miles away); Henry Hamilton Bennett (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Grave Site
In 1952, Wisconsin Dells (formerly Kilbourn City) launched a tour boat named the Belle Boyd and invited the Richmond chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to Wisconsin to christen the boat with water from the James River. The ladies from Richmond were so impressed with how nicely Wisconsin Dells had taken care of their Belle that they adopted a marker in Virginia dedicated to the 36th Wisconsin Infantry, which suffered heavy losses in a battle near Richmond. Every Memorial Day the ladies would go out to that marker and fly the flag of Wisconsin to honor our dead.

The concrete cap on the grave is embedded with stones sent from every Confederate state. Before the cap was set, the Ladies of the Elliot Grays Chapter of the United Daughters of the
Belle Boyd Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, May 26, 2008
2. Belle Boyd Marker
Confederacy were invited back to sprinkle the grave with dirt from Virginia, so Belle could rest peacefully in the soil of Virginia.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal; May 28, 2000
    — Submitted June 21, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
 
Confederate War Veteran image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, May 26, 2008
3. Confederate War Veteran
Belle Boyd
Confederate Spy
Born in Virginia,
Died in Wisconsin.
Erected by a Comrade
Isabella Maria Boyd, Confederate Spy image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. Isabella Maria Boyd, Confederate Spy
Published between 1855 and 1865 - Brady-Handy Collection.
Nearby Civil War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, May 26, 2008
5. Nearby Civil War Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,904 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on September 23, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on May 31, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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