Susan Archer <I>Talley</I> Weiss

Susan Archer Talley Weiss

Norfolk, Norfolk City, Virginia, USA
Death 7 Apr 1917 (aged 95)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Section C-18
Memorial ID 31929632 · View Source
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American poet and author. (The year of her birth is sometimes given as 1835, but apparently in error.) She was later Mrs. S. A. T. Weiss, having married Louis Weiss. She knew and worked with Edgar Allen Poe. See:

"AUSTIN STATE GAZETTE, October 8, 1862, p. 1, c. 6
Another "Dangerous" Woman.—The special correspondent of the Philadelphia Press at Fort McHenry, gives the following information about Miss Susan Archer Tally, another of thee female spies:
Among the recent prisoners at this fort, has been until the 28th of June last, a lady, a Miss Susan Archer Tally, of Norfolk who attempted last year to take a coffin full of percussion caps through our lines to Richmond, alleging that the body of her brother was in it. Suspicion excited, the coffin was opened, and the lady incarcerated. It was afterwards found that she had acted as a spy between the pickets of the two armies. She was closely confined in her room during the day, with the exception of a walk in the balcony before her window, and a stroll around the ramparts, for an hour daily, with the officer of the day. She was about thirty years of age, and a very good amateur artist. She took from memory a very good crayon portrait of Gen. Morris, commanding the fort and presented it to him. Liberty having been given to her, she has gone to her home near Norfolk."

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  • Created by: Barbara Haddon Blankenship
  • Added: 3 Dec 2008
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Susan Archer Talley Weiss (14 Feb 1822–7 Apr 1917), Find a Grave Memorial no. 31929632, citing Riverview Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Haddon Blankenship (contributor 46872971) .