Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (Paperback)

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Bookseller: Linda
Title: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy


Who Knew? How could you tell? And they kept their "cool"!
This was a surprising history read. North vs South in all things. Women felt strongly to their side and did what they could to help their cause. Abbott goes into detail about 4 such women, varied in age and backgrounds but all much determined.
How does a woman disguise herself from being "Emma" to "Frank Thompson", a union soldier; Rose who used her young daughter to help in "activities"; southern belle who was an abolitionist and was part of a whole ring of spies and a 17 year old Belle who could shoot?
The story goes from North to South with Lincoln and Davis and generals that we may remember reading about. But here there is a turn, this is behind the scenes, in the trenches, on the front lines, riding, shooting, hiding, jailed (!) and still they go on.
This reads as a fast action story and you may learn deceitful technique!
Very interesting!

— From Linda's Past Picks - 4


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, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, 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. 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. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, 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. With a cast of real-life characters including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062092908
ISBN-10: 0062092901
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: September 8th, 2015
Pages: 544
Language: English