Liar, temptress, soldier, spy: four women undercover in the Civil War

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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. 

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subject_facetBowser, Mary Elizabeth, -- approximately 1840-
Boyd, Belle, -- 1844-1900
Greenhow, Rose O'Neal, -- 1814-1864
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, Female
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Secret service
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women
Van Lew, Elizabeth L., -- 1818-1900
Women spies -- Confederate States of America -- Biography
Women spies -- United States -- Biography
title_displayLiar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War
title_fullLiar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy : Four Women Undercover in the Civil War Abbott, Karen.
Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War / Karen Abbott
Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War [electronic resource] / Karen Abbott
title_shortLiar, temptress, soldier, spy
title_subfour women undercover in the Civil War
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Boyd, Belle
Greenhow, Rose O'Neal
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period
Participation, Female
Secret service
Van Lew, Elizabeth L
Women spies