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Stealing secrets : how a few daring women changed the fate of the Civil War

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  • ISBN: 9781402242748 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1402242743 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: print
    xv, 334 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Cumberland House, [2010]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Rebel queen of Washington spies : Rose Greenhow -- Vanished without a trace : Sarah Slater -- "Singing as sweetly as ever" : Olivia Floyd -- Grant's most valuable Richmond spy : Elizabeth Van Lew -- The spy who saved ships : Elizabeth Baker -- Double trouble sister act : Ginnie and Lottie Moon -- The perils of Pauline : Pauline Cushman -- The heroine of Winchester : Rebecca Wright -- A glorious consummation : Harriet Tubman -- A teenage terrorist : Nancy Hart -- "No sacrifice too great" : Antonia Ford and Laura Ratcliffe -- Mosby's Merry Christmas : Roberta Pollock -- A secesh Cleopatra : Belle Boyd -- The clever masquerader : Emma Edmonds -- Trapped in a sting operation : Clara Judd -- Sarah's deadly revenge : Sarah Lane Thompson -- Hired to find herself : Loreta Velazquez -- Beyond the call of duty : more heroines -- She die for their "sins"? : Mary Surratt.
Summary, etc.: Winkler (Lincoln's Ladies) tells "stories of women spies...filled with suspense and seduction, treachery and trickery, romance and bravery." Divided into chapters on each woman, Winkler finds his heroines equally appealing, no matter what side they spied for. He strongly sympathizes with Mary Surratt, who became the first woman executed by the U.S. government; although many female spies were caught, their gender saved them (it was not considered moral to hang women). Winkler argues that Surratt "was not a spy and played no role on the night of Lincoln's assassination," but was hanged, along with three male collaborators of John Wilkes Booth, "primarily because of the dogged determination, vindictiveness, and unforgiving actions of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton." Winkler also includes an account of Harriet Tubman's services organizing slaves into a guerilla force behind enemy lines, but most of his stories are in a lighter vein, showing women using their charms to wheedle secrets from officers and soldiers.
Subject: United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Participation, Female
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Women
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Secret service
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Biography
Women spies United States Biography
Women spies Confederate States of America Biography

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