Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the by Karen Abbott

By Karen Abbott

Karen Abbott, the recent York occasions bestselling writer of Sin within the moment urban and “pioneer of sizzle heritage” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding real tale of 4 ladies who risked every thing to turn into spies through the Civil War.

Karen Abbott illuminates probably the most attention-grabbing but little recognized features of the Civil conflict: the tales of 4 brave women—a socialite, a farmgirl, an abolitionist, and a widow—who have been spies.

After capturing a Union soldier in her entrance corridor with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd grew to become a courier and secret agent for the accomplice military, utilizing her charms to seduce males on either side. Emma Edmonds bring to a halt her hair and assumed the id of a guy to enlist as a Union inner most, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil conflict. the gorgeous widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, engaged in affairs with robust Northern politicians to assemble intelligence for the Confederacy, and used her younger daughter to ship details to Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a prosperous Richmond abolitionist, concealed at the back of her right Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, correct lower than the noses of suspicious insurgent detectives.

Using a wealth of basic resource fabric and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of those 4 heroines in the course of the tumultuous years of the warfare. With a solid of real-life characters together with Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, common Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, and Emperor Napoleon III, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, undercover agent attracts you into the struggle as those bold ladies lived it.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, secret agent includes 39 black & pictures and three maps.

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Bettie was a Washington socialite, the daughter of an old family friend, but for this mission she would play the part of a simple farm girl returning from the market, a disguise unlikely to arouse suspicion among Union guards. The Confederacy was counting on Rose to provide intelligence about the enemy’s plans, and she needed to secure a victory for the South. The new nation would not survive if the rebel army lost. Rose led Bettie to her vanity and pulled the girl’s hair as if it were a bridle, cinching the strands around her wrist.

The church bells sat untolled, the hour unmarked. The Baltimore & Ohio railroad depot stood deserted; rebel troops had destroyed forty-eight locomotives and three hundred cars, wrapping one of the engines in an American flag before setting it afire, all to prevent Union supplies from arriving by train. Field hands hid in their quarters instead of harvesting wheat or quarrying native limestone. Clusters of homes sat darkened and deserted, the owners having packed up their silverware and their help and fled farther south.

Like the others, she sponged her plate with a piece of soft bread dampened with a few drops of coffee, or scoured it with dirt and rinsed it with her spit. Occasionally an enterprising officer would offer to clean or sew for others, charging a steep price, but Emma couldn’t afford to take the risk. It was the crucial details that might give her away. She didn’t personally know any other female recruits, but she was not alone. As many as four hundred women, in both North and South, were posing and fighting as men.

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