Although the Confederacy held few significant advantages over the Union during the American Civil War, it maintained a well-organized and highly efficient system of espionage. While Union spies failed to penetrate Jefferson Davis’s inner circle, the Confederacy had a deeply entrenched network of undercover agents throughout the Federal Government, especially in the War DepAlthough the Confederacy held few significant advantages over the Union during the American Civil War, it maintained a well-organized and highly efficient system of espionage. While Union spies failed to penetrate Jefferson Davis’s inner circle, the Confederacy had a deeply entrenched network of undercover agents throughout the Federal Government, especially in the War Department.This intriguing account, written by a former intelligence officer of the U. S. Army, offers a well-documented history of the spies who served the Southern cause. Manuscripts from state and national archives, historical journals, and government records, as well as personal narratives published by many of the agents themselves, describe the risky business of the Confederate spies. The cast of historical figures is dotted with colorful personalities: Mrs. Rose Greenhow, the devious Rebel Rose, and her strategic romantic conquests; John Singleton Mosby, the hard-riding Gray Ghost; and a host of other spies, famous and obscure. Thrill-packed commentaries detail the activities of Rebel agents in Washington, at Bull Run, Gettysburg, and elsewhere, telling of false orders, wiretaps, fraud, and other treacherous maneuvers.Civil War buffs, students of American history, and spy story devotees will find this fascinating account of true-life adventures particularly absorbing and enlightening....
|Title||:||Spies of the Confederacy|
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Spies of the Confederacy Reviews
Of my many interests, I enjoy biographies and histories a great deal. This book is chocked full of anecdotes about spies for the Confederate forces. Clearly, research is among the author's considerable skills. Unfortunately, writing is not. Despite his best efforts to breath life into these stories, the author rarely achieved more than a dry recitation of the facts.In fairness, I am not a Civil War buff and this book would probably be a wonderful read for someone who is more interested in the story than the prowess of the author. What I thought minutiae in terms of details about troop positions, a buff may consider riveting information. Where I felt the author expended great energy re-telling parts of a previously mentioned tale, a buff may revel in the recounting of a tale from start to finish even if that meant recovering 'old territory'....but that' just my opinion.
Some very interesting tales of intelligence work during the American Civil War. The Union was so unprepared, and so prone to information-leakage, it's a wonder they won. Entertaining, albeit a little dated, scholarship. Particularly problematic is Bakeless's treatment of female spies, whom he manages to both admire and treat paternalistically.
I'm reading this for a class I'm taking. We'll see. SO BORING.