Lead: In the summer of 1861 Washington hostess Rose Greenhow helped the infant Confederacy win the First Battle of Manasas at Bull Run Creek.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Rose O’Neal Greenhow was born to a slaveholding family in southern Maryland in 1817. As a young woman, she moved to Washington City to live with her aunt who ran a boarding house in the Old Capitol Building. She earned the nickname “Wild Rose” because of her subtle mind and biting tongue. Charming, intelligent, and witty, Rose entertained frequently and cultivated friendships with some of the most powerful political figures of her time – John C. Calhoun, James Buchanan and William Seward. Rose became one of the most popular and captivating figures in Washington’s antebellum society.

 

 

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