illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil
War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, a farm girl, an
abolitionist, and a widow—who were spies.
After shooting a Union soldier in her front hall with a
pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army,
using her charms to seduce men on both sides. Emma Edmonds cut off her hair and
assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the
bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, Rose O’Neale Greenhow,
engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence
for the Confederacy, and used her young daughter to send information to
Southern generals. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy Richmond abolitionist, hid
behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage
ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives.
Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews
with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these
four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war. With a cast of
real-life characters—including Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, General
Stonewall Jackson, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln,
and Emperor Napoleon III—Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war
as these daring women lived it. Download and start listening now!