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The spymistress

Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013.
Series: Thorndike Press large print core series.
Edition/Format:   Large print book : Fiction : English : Large print editionView all editions and formats
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Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew's convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Chiaverini
ISBN: 9781594137235 1594137234 9781410462497 1410462498
OCLC Number: 857234441
Description: 623 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print core series.
Responsibility: Jennifer Chiaverini.

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Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew's convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life. Van Lew's skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring's reach was vast, from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy Departments to the very home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Although Van Lew was inducted posthumously into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known.

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