Widow Rose O’Neail Greenhow used her social connections in Washington D.C. to spy for the Confederacy. Emma Edmonds–a young woman with secrets– disguised herself as a male Union soldier to spy and tend the wounded. After shooting a Union soldier, Belle Boyd rode through the countryside, spying and carrying messages for the Confederacy. Richmond abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew planted her African American servant in the house of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and organized a spy network to send key intelligence to the Union Army. In Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Katherine Abbott compellingly narrates the stories of these four women who played significant roles during one of the most tumultuous times in United States history.
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy (Abbott)
December 5, 2014 by sinistmer
This book was an engaging read. Abbott skillfully develops each woman as her own character and skillfully writes compelling narratives for each woman as she plays her role in the greater events of the war. I found myself admiring their brave actions, even if I did not necessairly agree with their politics. The fact that Abbott was able to bring them to life in a non-judgemental way is what I found most enjoyable about the book–although the excellent action didn’t hurt either!
If you’re interested in women’s history, the Civil War, and/or spy stories, don’t miss this one!