As part of this program, Rose Connolly will portray newlywed Mrs.
Major Belle Reynolds who followed her 17th Illinois Infantry soldier
husband to the battlefront where she performed domestic chores and
cared for wounded soldiers. After Mrs. Connelly’s living history
performance, the 20 minute video “The Secret Soldier” will be shown
that tells the amazing story of Cuban immigrant Loreta Janeta
Velazquez. According to her memoir, Loreta served as a Confederate
agent under the alias “Harry Buford” who fought in the first Battle
of Bull Run and was injured at Shiloh.
The Lincoln Home Visitor Center is located at 426 S. 7th in downtown
Springfield. Parking is available in the parking lot south of
Lincoln Home Visitor Center. For more information about this program
contact Lincoln Home National Site at 217-391-3221 or
[Text received; CHRIS WILLIS,
ILLINOIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AGENCY]
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