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Cuban-born Loretta Velazquez, disguised as a man, enlisted in the Confederate army as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford in 1860, along with a company of volunteers from Arkansas that she had recruited. She fought in the battles of Bull Run, Ball’s Bluff, and Fort Donelson. In 1862 the army discharged her after discovering her disguise. Velazquez then enlisted with the 21st Louisiana Infantry regiment. According to her memoirs she fought at Shiloh alongside the men she had recruited in Arkansas. Velazquez's disguise was discovered yet again bringing her military career to an end. Left with no other recourse to help the Confederate cause, Loretta became a very successful spy for the South.

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