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Stealing Secrets

ISBN: 9781402242748

By: H. Donald Winkler

Published: 09/21/2010

Clandestine missions. Clever, devious, daring. Passionately committed to a cause.

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Clandestine missions. Clever, devious, daring. Passionately committed to a cause. During America’s most divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes. These female spies of the Civil War participated in the world’s second-oldest profession—spying—a profession perilous in the extreme. The tales of female spies are filled with suspense, bravery, treachery, and trickery. They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results—often in ways men could not do. As stated on the grave marker of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew: “She risked everything that is dear to man—friends, fortune, comfort, health, life itself.” Told with personality and pizzazz, author H. Donald Winkler uses primary Civil War sources such as memoirs, journals, letters, and newspaper articles, plus the latest in scholarly research, to make these incredible stories come alive.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
1. Rebel Queen of Washington Spies: Rose Greenhow 1
2. Vanished without a Trace: Sarah Slater 29
3. “Singing as Sweetly as Ever”: Olivia Floyd 39
4. Grant’s Most Valuable Richmond Spy: Elizabeth Van Lew 51
5. The Spy Who Saved Ships: Elizabeth Baker 89
6. Double Trouble Sister Act: Ginnie and Lottie Moon 95
7. The Perils of Pauline: Pauline Cushman 111
8. The Heroine of Winchester: Rebecca Wright 135
9. A Glorious Consummation: Harriet Tubman 143
10. A Teenage Terrorist: Nancy Hart 159
11. “No Sacrifice Too Great”: Antonia Ford and Laura Ratcliffe 169
12. Mosby’s Merry Christmas: Roberta Pollock 195
13. A Secesh Cleopatra: Belle Boyd 201
14. The Clever Masquerader: Emma Edmonds 227
15. Trapped in a Sting Operation: Clara Judd 247
16. Sarah’s Deadly Revenge: Sarah Lane Thompson 253
17. Hired to Find Herself: Loreta Velazquez 259
18. Beyond the Call of Duty: More Heroines 287
19. Did She Die for Their Sins?: Mary Surratt 299
Selected Sources 309
Index 319
About the Author 335

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The stories of women spies are filled with suspense and seduction, treachery and trickery, romance and bravery. Women took enormous risks and achieved remarkab

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“This book is extremely well-researched and is a wonderful compilation of biographies that highlight the important and daring work of these brave women. It is a worthwhile contribution t...

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 18.96 oz
Page Count: 352 pages

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