Many books give testament to men’s bravery and sacrifice during the Civil War. In this book, the stories of four courageous women who dared to act upon their beliefs and become spies are detailed. A wealthy abolitionist in Richmond, Virginia, Elizabeth Van Lew, took considerable risks to operate a successful spy ring for the North, penetrating the Confederate White House. Knowing the possible consequences of her actions yet driven to fight for the Union, Emma Edmonds disguised herself as a man and joined the Army of the Potomac. Rose O’Neale Greenhow, a widow living in Washington, used her feminine wiles to seduce Northern politicians into disclosing information she then sent to Southern generals via her young daughter. Brash Belle Boyd, too, used her feminine charms to seduce men on both sides of the war, serving as a courier and spy for the Confederate Army.
Abbott’s extensive research and storytelling ability combine to ensure a captivating glimpse of this little-known part of the Civil War.