Bond was the name used by Mary
Elizabeth Bowser who worked as part of a spy network
run by Elilzabeth Van Lew during The War Of The Slaveholders'
Rebellion. Thought to be dim-witted and dumb, she became
a worker in, of all places, the Confederate White House.
Mary, a graduate of the Quaker School for Negroes in Philadelphia
was asked to go undercover by Van Lew and accepted the assignment.
is cited as having possessed a photographic memory and could
recite verbatim anything that she read. Mary is enshrined
in the U.S. Army Intelligence Hall of Fame at Ft. Huachuca,
Arizona. "In a highly dangerous mssion," a plaque
reads, "she was one of the highest placed and most
productive agents of the Civil War."
artist/cartoonist Charles E. "Chuck" Siler's works
feature a variety of themes ranging from New Orleans' lively
and unique jazz scene to its lively and equally unique political
scene. He uses his art and political cartoons to comment
on life's complexities, warts and beauty marks.
His creations include fine watercolors and acrylics and
pen and ink cartoons. His cartoons are featured on a regular
basis in The
Katrina evacuee, Siler has spoken on New Orleans history
across the USA at universities and culural events.