“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Wisconsin Dells in Columbia County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Belle Boyd

Kilbourn Landmark

Belle Boyd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
1. Belle Boyd Marker
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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in the west area of Spring Grove Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Wisconsin Dells WI 53965, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are 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
Belle Boyd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
2. Belle Boyd Marker
(approx. one mile away); Bailey's Landing (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bailey’s Eddy – Municipal Dock (approx. 1.2 miles away); Kilbourn City (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stanton Peter Helland (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wisconsin Dells.
Also see . . .
1. Belle Boyd. "One of the most famous of Confederate spies, Belle Boyd served the Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley. Born in Martinsburg-now part of West Virginia-she operated her spying operations from her fathers hotel in Front Royal, providing valuable information to Generals Turner Ashby and "Stonewall" Jackson during the spring 1862 campaign in the Valley." (Submitted on May 31, 2008.) 

2. Belle Boyd's life as traced by markers. Boyd is well remembered for her exploits in the Shenandoah Valley. (Submitted on May 31, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Additional comments.
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
Confederate War Veteran image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
3. Confederate War Veteran
Belle Boyd
Confederate Spy
Born in Virginia,
Died in Wisconsin.
Erected by a Comrade
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 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.

Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PersonsWar, US CivilWomen
Nearby Civil War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, May 26, 2008
4. Nearby Civil War Memorial
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 31, 2008, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,494 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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