The Bulloch Belles

Three First Ladies, a Spy, a President’s Mother and Other Women of a 19th Century Georgia Family

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About the Book

The Bulloch women of Roswell, Georgia, were not typical antebellum Southern belles. Most were well educated world travelers skilled at navigating social circles far outside the insular aristocracy of the rural South. Their lives were filled with intrigue, espionage, scandal, adversity and perseverance. During the Civil War they eluded Union spies on land and blockaders at sea and afterwards they influenced the national debate on equal rights for women. The impact of their Southern ideals increased exponentially when they integrated into the Roosevelt family of New York.
Drawing on primary sources, this book provides new insight into the private lives of the women closely linked with the Bulloch family. They include four first ladies, a Confederate spy, the mother of President Teddy Roosevelt and a number of his closest confidants. Nancy Jackson, the family’s nursemaid slave, is among the less well known but equally fascinating Bulloch women.

About the Author(s)

Walter E. Wilson, a retired Navy Captain and former head of U.S. Naval Intelligence operations in Europe, has authored numerous articles and reviews.

Bibliographic Details

Walter E. Wilson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos & illustrations, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9993-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2242-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 5

1. Antebellum First Ladies 11

2. The Bullochs of Roswell and Navy Blue 45

3. Bonds Made and Broken 81

4. Ironclad Petticoats: Confederate Belles at War 102

5. Unreconstructed Confederates: Lifted on Angel’s Wings 145

6. New Women Out of the Nineteenth Century 178

Appendix: The Bulloch Women and Men 197

Notes 201

Bibliography 228

Index 239

Book Reviews & Awards

“WOW!”—Lone Star Book Review.