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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 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 Van Lew ran a spy ring that gathered intelligence hampered the Southern war effort and helped scores of Union sol An excellent addition to Civil War reading Elizabeth Varon has not only documented the life of Elizabeth Van Lew she has given u

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

Diers to escape from Richmond prisons 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 Varon's powerful biography brings Van Lew to life showing how she used the stereotypes of the day to confound Confederate authorities who suspected her but could not believe a proper Southern lady could be a spy even as she brought together Union sympathizers at all levels of society from slaves to slaveholders After the war a grateful Pre A great book about an unsung American hero

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Sident Ulysses S Grant named her postmaster of Richmond a remarkable break with custom for this politically influential post But her Unionism Republican politics and outspoken support of racial justice earned her a lifetime of scorn in the former Confederate capital Even today Elizabeth Van Lew remains a controversial figure in her beloved Richmond remembered as the Crazy Bet of Lost Cause propaganda Elizabeth Varon's account rescues her from both derision and oblivion depicting an intelligent resourceful highly principled woman who remained as she saw it true to her country to the e I learned of Elizabeth Van Lew several years ago while working on a history of my family during the American Civil War I discove


10 thoughts on “Southern Lady Yankee Spy The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew a Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy

  1. says:

    An excellent addition to Civil War reading Elizabeth Varon has not only documented the life of Elizabeth Van Lew she has given us deep insight into the cultural drivers of the civil war Richmond's experience of the war the repressi

  2. says:

    Finally A book that does Ms Van Lew justice The only other stand alone book about her was called something like Crazy Bet's Diary and while it did just reprint her diary and it provided some insight to who she was it also

  3. says:

    I would give this a 45 ratingThis book had so many fascinating nuggets about the life of Elizabeth Van Lew spy for the Union during the Civil WarThe author does an excellent job of creating a true account of her life 35 pages of endnotesI’ve

  4. says:

    A friend recommended this book to me a while back and I'm so glad he did It's an in depth look at the life of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew but than that it provides insight to Richmond during the Civil War and what happene

  5. says:

    This book was VERY well researched and written with extreme detail That is what made it difficult for me to get through The

  6. says:

    A great book about an unsung American hero

  7. says:

    I learned of Elizabeth Van Lew several years ago while working on a history of my family during the American Civil War I discovered a newspaper article that published excerpts from my ancestor's diary including the period while he was a prisoner of war in Richmond When I told my aunt a public historian that some

  8. says:

    A well documented scholarly biography of Elizabeth Van Lew the veritable spymaster at the center of the Unionist resistance movement in Richmond VA during the Civil War But with stories about secret codes and inv

  9. says:

    This was a story that needed to be told Ms Van Lew seems to have been an amazing women An accomplished spy for t

  10. says:

    This is an interesting story of Elizabeth Van Lew a resident of Richmond Virginia and Union loyalist during the Civil War The author has done

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