The Spymistress: A Novel

By Jennifer Chiaverini

New York Times bestselling writer Jennifer Chiaverini is again with one other enchanting ancient novel set throughout the Civil conflict period, this time encouraged by way of the lifetime of “a actual Union girl as precise as metal” who risked every little thing by way of taking care of Union prisoners of battle — and stealing accomplice secrets and techniques.

Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and trained via Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was once a paradox of her time. while her local nation seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions pressured her to defy the recent accomplice regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White condo, her braveness could by no means waver, whilst her wartime activities threatened not just her popularity, but in addition her life.

Van Lew’s abilities in collecting army intelligence have been unprecedented. She helped to build the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the notorious accomplice Libby legal lower than the guise of humanitarian relief. Her undercover agent ring’s achieve was once sizeable, from clerks within the accomplice struggle and military Departments to the very domestic of accomplice President Jefferson Davis.

Although Van Lew used to be inducted posthumously into the army Intelligence corridor of reputation, the impressive scope of her achievements hasn't ever been widely recognized. In Chiaverini’s riveting story of high-stakes espionage, an exceptional heroine of the Civil battle ultimately will get her due.

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Because the frantic day drew to a detailed, Lizzie saw younger squaddies on horseback and walking bidding hasty farewells to their acquaintances and family ahead of they raced off to what might be their ultimate conflict. a few regarded resolute, others light and terrified, and one, a lad Lizzie had identified considering he was once Annie’s age, confessed that he dreaded to document yet needs to obey his orders. Lizzie walked with him again to his mom and dad’ domestic, hoping to cajole him to abandon now that every one appeared misplaced, yet he stated he could otherwise be shot through the Yankees for pleasant his responsibility than through the Confederates for forsaking it.

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