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Vietnam Veterans of America  Chapter 542

 8000 Derry Street,

Harrisburg, PA

March 16 , 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Diane Dugan


Loreta Janeta Velazquez 

Topic Will Be

Female Soldier Disguised As A Man

   (Lt. Harry T. Buford)

Loreta Janeta Velazquez (June 26, 1842 – 1923), masqueraded as a male Confederate soldier, Lt. Harry T. Buford, during the American Civil War. She recorded in her diary that she fought in the battles of Bull Run, Ball’s Bluff, and Shiloh to name a few. The Confederates referred to her as a heroine. As a spy, she used both male and female disguises and in peace, she spied for the Union as a Secret Service Agent. Loreta’s diary also records an opportunity to shoot Major General Ulysses S. Grant. She felt it would be murder and chose not to do it. Had she done it, the Appomattox surrender could have been tragically different and the loss of the 18th President of the U.S. Born in Havana, Cuba, she returned there in her last days as Loreta J. Beard

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