- A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy: The Diaries and Letters of Belle Edmondson (edited by William and Loretta Gilbraith)
Belle Edmondson (Isabella Buchanan Edmondson) was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, in 1840. She was living in Tennessee on a farm when the Civil War started. Her two oldest brothers served in the war. Their family farm was caught between the two armies, allowing her to learn information. She helped smuggle supplies and money to the Confederate army and gave them information. An arrest warrant was issued for her in 1864, which caused her to move to Clay County, Mississippi. She kept a diary during this time which includes her activities as well as troop movements, skirmishes, and more. It has been published as A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy: The Diaries and Letters of Belle Edmondson (edited by William and Loretta Gilbraith).
She died in 1873 at the age of 33 and shortly after announcing her engagement to a Colonel H. (Henderson ?), who perhaps was a Yankee.
- Belle Edmondson: Civil War Spy and Smuggler
- Diary of Belle Edmondson: January to November 1864 can be read in entirety online here.
- A Lost Heroine of the Confederacy. University of Mississippi Press