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

Harper - 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. 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.

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.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War - With a cast of real-life characters including walt whitman, abraham and mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Soldier, Temptress, detective Allan Pinkerton, Liar, General Stonewall Jackson, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it. Liar, soldier, temptress, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps.

 . 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.

The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A Novel

William Morrow Paperbacks - Masterfully written, the Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history. Brunonia barry, love, loss, intrigue, and most of all, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, 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. 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.

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War

Cumberland House - These female spies of the civil War participated in the world's second-oldest profession—spying—a profession perilous in the extreme. 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. 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.

Stepping out of line and into battle, these women faced clandestine missions, and death, 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, fortune, health, comfort, life itself.

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War - ". They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results—often in ways men could not do.

Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy

Oxford University Press - After the war, a grateful President Ulysses S. Varon's powerful biography brings van lew to life, but could not believe a proper Southern lady could be a spy, showing how she used the stereotypes of the day to confound Confederate authorities who suspected her, even as she brought together Union sympathizers at all levels of society, from slaves to slaveholders.

Even today, elizabeth van lew remains a controversial figure in her beloved Richmond, remembered as the "Crazy Bet" of Lost Cause propaganda. In southern lady, yankee spy, historian elizabeth Varon provides a gripping, 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. Elizabeth varon's account rescues her from both derision and oblivion, resourceful, as she saw it, highly principled woman who remained, depicting an intelligent, true to her country to the end.

Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy - But her unionism, republican politics, and outspoken support of racial justice earned her a lifetime of scorn in the former Confederate capital. 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.

Northern sympathizer in the confederate capital, daring spymaster, postwar politician: Elizabeth Van Lew was one of the most remarkable figures in American history, a woman who defied the conventions of the nineteenth-century South. Grant named her postmaster of Richmond--a remarkable break with custom for this politically influential post.

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War

LSU Press - They fought like demons is the first book to fully explore and explain these women, their experiences as combatants, and the controversial issues surrounding their military service. Relying on more than a decade of research in primary sources, heritage, honor, Blanton and Cook document over 240 women in uniform and find that their reasons for fighting mirrored those of men—-patriotism, and a desire for excitement.

Some so enjoyed being freed from traditional women’s roles that they continued their masquerade well after 1865. Cook show in their remarkable new study, that conventional picture does not tell the entire story. Some enlisted to remain with husbands or brothers, while others had dressed as men before the war.

They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War - However, as deAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Popular images of women during the American Civil War include self-sacrificing nurses, romantic spies, and brave ladies maintaining hearth and home in the absence of their men. Their comrades often did not discover the deception until the “young boy” in their company was wounded, killed, or gave birth.

In addition to examining the details of everyday military life and the harsh challenges of -warfare for these women—which included injury, capture, and imprisonment—Blanton and Cook discuss the female warrior as an icon in nineteenth-century popular culture and why -twentieth-century historians and society ignored women soldiers’ contributions.

Hundreds of women assumed male aliases, disguised themselves in men’s uniforms, and charged into battle as Union and Confederate soldiers—facing down not only the guns of the adversary but also the gender prejudices of society. The authors describe how Yankee and Rebel women soldiers eluded detection, some for many years, and even merited promotion.

Women of the Blue and Gray: True Stories of Mothers, Medics, Soldiers, and Spies of the Civil War

Shadow Mountain - Each woman's experience helps us see a truer, fuller, richer version of what really happened in this country during this time period. Hidden amongst the photographs, revolvers, uniforms, and war medals of the Civil War are the remarkable stories of some of the most unlikely heroes—women. North, sisters, white, and friends whose purposes ranged from supporting husbands and sons during wartime to counseling President Lincoln on strategy, from tending to the wounded on the battlefield to spiriting away slaves through the Underground Railroad, South, Native American, black, immigrant—the women in these micro-drama biographies are wives, mothers, from donning a uniform and fighting unrecognized alongside the men to working as spies for either side.

This book brings to light the incredible stories of women from the Civil War that remain relevant to our nation today.

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

Random House - When the dust settled, people were primed for a star who could distract them from reality. Weaving in the compelling saga of the minskys—four scrappy brothers from New York City who would pave the way for Gypsy Rose Lee’s brand of burlesque and transform the entertainment landscape—Karen Abbott creates a rich account of a legend whose sensational tale of tragedy and triumph embodies the American Dream.

Enter gypsy rose lee, a strutting, bawdy, erudite stripper who possessed a gift for delivering exactly what America needed. Then, almost overnight, the Great Depression brought it crashing down. New york times bestselleramerica was flying high in the Roaring Twenties. With her superb narrative skills and eye for detail, Karen Abbott brings to life an era of ambition, glamour, struggle, and survival.

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee - Using exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, and their formidable mother, she vividly delves into Gypsy’s world, actress June Havoc, including her intense triangle relationship with her sister, Rose, a petite but ferocious woman who literally killed to get her daughters on the stage.

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America

Crown - Her husband behind bars, Imogene begins an affair with Dodge. Pioneering prosecutor Mabel Walker Willebrandt is determined to bring him down. The epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in american history and the murder that shocked the nation, SpyIn the early days of Prohibition, Temptress, Soldier, from the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, long before Al Capone became a household name, a German immigrant named George Remus quits practicing law and starts trafficking whiskey.

Eager to prove them wrong, Franklin Dodge, she dispatches her best investigator, to look into his empire. In the ghosts of eden park, ’ george remus, larger-than-life ‘King of the Bootleggers, we meet the audacious, and the equally fascinating women who will seal his fate. Sex and greed, oceans of illegal booze—Abbott’s action-packed, corruption and revenge, riveting tale has it all.

Paula mclain,  new york times bestselling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin. Together, they plot to ruin remus, sparking a bitter feud that soon reaches the highest levels of government--and that can only end in murder. Gatsby-era noir at its best. Erik larson, #1 new york times bestselling author of dead Wake and Devil in the White City “Few authors write as colorfully and compellingly about the past as Karen Abbott, particularly when bad behavior is involved.

The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America - By the summer of 1921, remus owns 35 percent of all the liquor in the United States. The press calls him "king of the bootleggers, " writing breathless stories about the Gatsby-esque events he and his glamorous second wife, host at their Cincinnati mansion, Imogene, with party favors ranging from diamond jewelry for the men to brand-new Pontiacs for the women.

Courageous Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, Medics, and More Women of Action

Chicago Review Press - Also included are numerous historic photos, and a bibliography, source notes, making this an invaluable resource for any student's or history buff's bookshelf. Contextualizing sidebars and civil War history are woven seamlessly throughout, giving students a clear overview of the war in addition to the spotlight on often overlooked women's roles.

These women took action in many ways: disguised as soldiers, working as field medics, as spies risking death to secure or pass along information, and more.

Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy

Random House - Indomitable, rose regained her freedom and, as the war reached a crisis, journeyed to Europe to plead the Confederate cause at the royal courts of England and France. Fearless spy for the confederacy, glittering Washington hostess, legendary beauty and lover, Rose Greenhow risked everything for the cause she valued more than life itself.

Drawing on newly discovered diaries and a rich trove of contemporary accounts, Blackman has fashioned a thrilling, intimate narrative that reads like a novel. I am a southern woman, born with revolutionary blood in my veins, ” Rose once declared–and that fiery spirit would plunge her into the center of power and the thick of adventure.

Wild Rose: Rose O'Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy - Overnight, fashionable hostess, Rose Greenhow, become Rose Greenhow, intrepid spy. Calhoun, james Buchanan, and Dolley Madison. Wild rose is an unforgettable rendering of an astonishing woman, a book that will stand with the finest Civil War biographies. She married well, and, at the height of the Gold Rush, bore eight children and buried five, accompanied her husband Robert Greenhow to San Francisco.

In this superb portrait, biographer Ann Blackman tells the surprising true story of a unique woman in history. Widowed after robert died in a tragic accident, Rose became notorious in Washington for her daring–and numerous–love affairs. But with the outbreak of the Civil War, everything changed. T.

An Uncommon Soldier

- The five-foot tall soldier's true identity was that of a simple young farm girl from central New York state named Sarah Rosetta Wakeman. This unique collection of letters offers a firsthand look at the personality and character of a woman who defied convention to take a man's place in the Union army. Her letters, the only such correspondence known to exist, provide a rare glimpse of what life was like for a woman fighting as a common soldier in the Civil War under the guise of a man.

Written shortly after she left home to pursue her fortune in 1862, Rosetta's letters over the next two years tell of army life in the defences of Washington, D. C. And on the march and in battle during the 1864 Louisiana Red River Campaign. What transforms the letters of Pvt. Lyons wakeman from merely interesting reading into a unique and fascinating addition to Civil War literature is who wrote them--for Private Wakeman was not what "he" seemed to be.