From the Richmond Dispatch, 7/20/1864, p.1, c 5
Arrest of a Spy – The Southern train yesterday morning brought to this city Mrs. Atha F. Harris, charged with being a Yankee spy. She was arrested in Columbia, S.C., a few days since, and upon her person were found letters addressed to Federal officers, showing that she had recently visited Richmond, was well acquainted with the position of the two armies, Grant’s designs, etc. Upon arriving at the depot here she was suddenly taken with a hemorrhage, and by advice of a physician, Dr. Gibson, was paroled to remain at the Ballard House till such time as her health will admit of an examination into the facts of the case. Mrs. Harris is a woman of perhaps thirty years of age, of considerable personal attraction, and hails from the State of Georgia.