Rebecca and Thomas: A Civil War Spy Tale is a play in one act, written by Winchester resident Sharon Dixon. This event is a reading of this play.
A bit of history regarding this tale:
Rebecca Wright started teaching in Winchester at age 15 where she taught at the Friends school, and later at private school.
In need of intelligence about Confederate troop movemets in and around occupied Winchester, Union General Philip Sheridan learned of Miss Wright's Northern loyalties and asked her for information about General Jubal Early's movements, telling her that Thomas Laws, a slave, would carry her reply to Union troops. Meanwhile, Laws had been contacted by Union scouts and was asked to make contact with Miss Wright. The information provided by Miss Wright and transported by Mr. Laws, in his mouth, was crucial to Sheridan's decision to attack in Winchester a few days later.