After the disaster at Bull Run, the “Yankee Government and Yankee Congress were now exercised upon the subject of reorganizing their shattered hosts. The military committee was specially charged with the task, and certainly grave efforts were being made to this end, the primary object being to mystify the people as to the past, in order to make them blind instruments in the future; for it was now truly a nation of subterfuges and humbugs.” 
To mystify the people as to the past, in order to make them blind instruments in the future; for it was now truly a nation of subterfuges and humbugs — thus recorded Mrs. Rose O’Neal Greenhow, spy for the Confederacy.
Humbug was “the order of the day at Washington.” “Subsequent to the rout at Manassas [Bull Run], President Lincoln promoted all the officers, many of whom were proved to have fled from the field in advance of their regiments.” 
William Seward, the Secretary of State, “even after the direful rout at Manassas – when hecatombs of their dead lay manuring the sacred soil – persisted in saying ‘There is nothing the matter!’ President Lincoln still said ‘There is nobody hurt!’ even though he had reached the Capitol like an escaped convict, under the disguise of a ‘Scotch cap and cloak,’ and continued for days to edify his visitors with an account of his ingenuity in eluding the supposed murderous snare which had been set for him…”  (Background: “Lincoln’s Scotch Cap and Cloak”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 9, 2014.)
Amidst all this humbug, Mrs. Greenhow was arrested by the Yankees on August 23, 1861. “Are you Mrs. Greenhow?” gruffly asked a man. “Yes,” she answered. “Who are you, and what do you want?” The man then said, “I come to arrest you.”
Mrs. Greenhow demanded to know what authority the man had to arrest her. “The man Allen, or Pinkerton (for he had several aliases), said, ‘By sufficient authority.'” He then “mumbled something about verbal authority from the War and State Departments…” 
Mrs. Greenhow however herself admits in her book, My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington, to having been close to none other than Cunning Calhoun, a.k.a. John C. Calhoun (image at top). “Mr. Calhoun had been the intimate friend of my husband, and often our guest, having remained several months at a time with us during his senatorial sojourn at Washington.” 
This link to Cunning Calhoun puts Mrs. Rose O’Neal Greenhow in an entirely new light! For in this editor’s book, What Would Millard Do?, we find that President Andrew Jackson had wanted Calhoun to be arrested and hung in chains for treason! And it was this Cunning Calhoun who, after the failure of the South Carolina nullification crisis of 1832, had devised a new scheme for southern Democrat ascendancy, i.e., “to use the question of slavery as a great political engine, by which the South was to be kept united…” The Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) “instituted by John C. Calhoun, William L. Porcher, and others as far back as 1835, had for its sole object the dissolution of the Union, and the establishment of a Southern Empire…” 
The name of John C. Calhoun, wrote former congressman John Minor Botts during the Civil War, will “be handed down, for ages to come, as the destroyer of the last great temple of liberty left standing on the globe, provided this rebellion should prove successful.” 
And so, it does not look good for Mrs. Rose O’Neal Greenhow that she openly boasts of a close connection to Cunning Calhoun!
(The above first appeared on May 10, 2011 at my Melchizedek Communique web site.)
——- Notes ——-
 Greenhow, Rose. My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington. London: Richard Bentley (publisher), 1863
 Redman, Brian. What Would Millard Do?. 2009. Published by Lulu.com. Also available as a Kindle e-book.