Miss Lizzie's War: The Double Life Of Southern Belle Spy Elizabeth Van Lew

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As the Civil War ground on, an underground Unionist movement flourished in the heart of the

Confederacy, led by an unlikely leader. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy and well connected member of Richmond’s elite, risked everything to help save the Union, skillfully directing this clandestine group and becoming General Ulysses S. Grant’s spy in Richmond. Surrounded by a cadre of “slaves” secretly freed and working with her at the risk of their lives--and hers--Lizzie becomes a pivotal character in the narrative that reveals the complexity and horror of war and the possibility of ultimate redemption.

 

Based on an incredible true story, Lizzie's War revolves around a number of elements: the intrigue involved in Elizabeth’s double life, her scheme to plant a former slave as her spy in the Jefferson Davis home, her secret romance with a Union prisoner, the dangerous work and conspiracies entailed in running a spy network for the Federal Government in the Confederate capital, terrifying flights to freedom engineered by Elizabeth for escaped prisoners and slaves, and ongoing Confederate surveillance, investigations and arrests of Unionists.

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Rosemary Agonito's first novel, Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn , also based on a true story, won the prestigious 2006 Western Heritage Award for the Outstanding Western Novel. She has also authored five non-fiction books, many articles, and lectured widely on women’s history and issues.

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"Miss Lizzie's War is a strong pick for historical fiction."  Midwest Book Review

While Richmond, Virginia suffers through the American Civil War, the wealthy Elizabeth Van Lew supports the war effort - for the Union. I enjoyed this novel about one of the Civil War's most famous female spies . . . Although most of the story is told from Lizzie's point of view, we occasionally see the action through the eyes of soldiers, the Confederate first family, and assorted Richmonders as well, which adds to the depth of the story. An inspiring novel about a courageous woman. Historical Fiction Society, Aug. 2012.

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