. Surrounded by a cadre of “slaves” secretly freed and working with her at the risk of their lives--and hers--Lizzie becomes a pivotal character in the narrative that reveals the complexity and horror of war and the possibility of ultimate redemption. Based on an incredible true story, lizzie's war revolves around a number of elements: the intrigue involved in Elizabeth’s double life, terrifying flights to freedom engineered by Elizabeth for escaped prisoners and slaves, and ongoing Confederate surveillance, the dangerous work and conspiracies entailed in running a spy network for the Federal Government in the Confederate capital, her secret romance with a Union prisoner, her scheme to plant a former slave as her spy in the Jefferson Davis home, investigations and arrests of Unionists.
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the ConfederacyOxford University Press #ad - After the war, a grateful President Ulysses S. In southern lady, historian elizabeth varon provides a gripping, Yankee Spy, richly researched account of the woman who led what one historian called "the most productive espionage operation of the Civil War. Under the nose of the confederate government, hampered the Southern war effort, Van Lew ran a spy ring that gathered intelligence, and helped scores of Union soldiers to escape from Richmond prisons.
Grant named her postmaster of Richmond--a remarkable break with custom for this politically influential post. Varon describes a woman who was very much a product of her time and place, yet continually took controversial stands--from her early efforts to free her family's slaves, to her daring wartime activities and beyond.
Varon's powerful biography brings van lew to life, but could not believe a proper Southern lady could be a spy, even as she brought together Union sympathizers at all levels of society, showing how she used the stereotypes of the day to confound Confederate authorities who suspected her, from slaves to slaveholders.
Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy #ad - Even today, elizabeth van lew remains a controversial figure in her beloved Richmond, remembered as the "Crazy Bet" of Lost Cause propaganda. Elizabeth varon's account rescues her from both derision and oblivion, resourceful, depicting an intelligent, as she saw it, highly principled woman who remained, true to her country to the end.
But her unionism, republican politics, and outspoken support of racial justice earned her a lifetime of scorn in the former Confederate capital. Northern sympathizer in the confederate capital, postwar politician: Elizabeth Van Lew was one of the most remarkable figures in American history, daring spymaster, a woman who defied the conventions of the nineteenth-century South.
The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - Author lois leveen combines fascinating facts and ingenious speculation to craft a historical novel that will enthrall readers of women’s fiction, historical fiction, and acclaimed works like Cane River and Cold Mountain that offer intimate looks at the twin nightmares of slavery and Civil War. Masterfully written, the Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.
The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A Novel #ad - Brunonia barry, intrigue, and most of all, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, love, loss, the resilience of a remarkable heroine…. What a treat!”—kelly o'connor mcnees, author of the lost summer of louisa may alcottBased on the remarkable true story of a freed African American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is a masterful debut by an exciting new novelist.
. A powerful and unforgettable story of a woman who risked her own freedom to bring freedom to millions of others, The Secrets of Mary Bowser celebrates the courageous achievements of a little known but truly inspirational American heroine.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil WarHarper #ad - Elizabeth van lew, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives. Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war.
Karen abbott, the new york times bestselling author of sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” USA Today, tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War. Karen abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, an abolitionist, a farmgirl, and a widow—who were spies.
After shooting a union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides. With a cast of real-life characters including walt whitman, detective allan Pinkerton, General Stonewall Jackson, Soldier, Temptress, Liar, and Emperor Napoleon III, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War #ad - Liar, temptress, soldier, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps. . Emma edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, rose o’neale greenhow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals.
Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil WarCumberland House #ad - They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results—often in ways men could not do. These are the bold, untold stories of women shaping our very nation. The tales of female spies are filled with suspense, treachery, bravery, and trickery. These female spies of the civil War participated in the world's second-oldest profession—spying—a profession perilous in the extreme.
Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War #ad - Stepping out of line and into battle, and death, these women faced clandestine missions, treason, all because of their passionate commitment to their cause. These are the unknown Civil War stories you need to hear. As stated on the grave marker of union spy Elizabeth Van Lew: "She risked everything that is dear to man—friends, health, fortune, comfort, life itself.
". The clever, devious, daring women who helped turn the tides of the Civil WarDuring America's most divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes.
A Yankee Spy in Richmond: The Civil War Diary of "Crazy Bet" Van Lew Stackpole ClassicsStackpole Books #ad - A Yankee Spy in Richmond: The Civil War Diary of "Crazy Bet" Van Lew Stackpole Classics #ad - Elizabeth van lew, of Crazy Bet, was General Ulysses S. Grant’s spy in the capital city of the Confederacy. She wanted people to think she was insane so that they would be less likely to ask her questions and possibly discover her goal: to defeat the South and to end slavery. Soon her suspicious and condescending neighbors began referring to her as “Crazy Bet.
But she wasn’t mad; she had purpose in her doings. She walked the streets of Richmond dressed in farm woman’s clothing, singing and mumbling to herself.