The Resource Lincoln's Spies : Their Secret War to Save a Nation, Douglas Waller, (electronic resource)

Lincoln's Spies : Their Secret War to Save a Nation, Douglas Waller, (electronic resource)

Label
Lincoln's Spies : Their Secret War to Save a Nation
Title
Lincoln's Spies
Title remainder
Their Secret War to Save a Nation
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Waller
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A major addition to the history of the Civil War, Lincoln's Spies is a riveting account of the secret battles waged by Union agents to save a nation. Filled with espionage, sabotage, and intrigue, it is also a striking portrait of a shrewd president who valued what his operatives uncovered. Veteran journalist Douglas Waller, who has written ground-breaking intelligence histories, turns his sights on the shadow war of four secret agents for the North-three men and one woman. From the tense days before Abraham Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 to the surrender at Appomattox four years later, Waller delivers a fast-paced narrative of the heroes-and scoundrels-who informed Lincoln's generals on the enemy positions for crucial battles and busted up clandestine Rebel networks. Famed detective Allan Pinkerton mounted a successful covert operation to slip Lincoln through Baltimore before his inauguration to foil an assassination attempt. But he failed as General George McClellan's spymaster, delivering faulty intelligence reports that overestimated Confederate strength. George Sharpe, an erudite New York lawyer, succeeded Pinkerton as spymaster for the Union's Army of the Potomac. Recruiting skilled operatives, some of whom dressed in Rebel uniforms, Sharpe ran highly successful intelligence operations that outpaced anything the enemy could field. Elizabeth Van Lew, a Virginia heiress who hated slavery and disapproved of secession, was one of Sharpe's most successful agents. She ran a Union spy ring in Richmond out of her mansion, with dozens of agents feeding her military and political secrets she funneled to General Ulysses S. Grant as his army closed in on the Confederate capital. Van Lew became one of the unsung heroes of the war. Lafayette Baker was a handsome Union officer with a controversial past, whose agents clashed with Pinkerton's operatives. The unscrupulous Baker assembled a retinue of disreputable spies, thieves, and prostitutes to root out traitors in Washington, D.C. But he failed at his most important mission: uncovering the threat to Lincoln from John Wilkes Booth and his gang. Behind these secret operatives was a president, one of our greatest, who was an avid consumer of intelligence and a ruthless aficionado of clandestine warfare, willing to take chances to win the war. Lincoln's Spies, as Waller vividly depicts in his excellent new book, set the template for the dark arts the CIA would practice in the future
Cataloging source
EBLCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Waller, Douglas C
Dewey number
973.7/85
Index
no index present
LC call number
E608
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lincoln, Abraham
  • Appomattox Campaign, 1865
  • HISTORY
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Lincoln's Spies : Their Secret War to Save a Nation, Douglas Waller, (electronic resource)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteId=372&titleId=4501033
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Intro; Dedication; Cast of Characters; Time Line of Major Events; Maps; Note to Readers; Epigraph; 1861; 1. Allan Pinkerton; 2. George Sharpe; 3. Elizabeth Van Lew; 4. Lafayette Baker; 5. Secret Service; 6. Bull Run; 7. The Ohio Department; 8. Washington; 9. "Enemies of the State"; 1862; 10. Richmond; 11. "I Have the Honor to Report"; 12. The Peninsula Campaign; 13. Second Bull Run; 14. Antietam; 15. Fredericksburg; 1863; 16. "The Great Game"; 17. Chancellorsville; 18. Gettysburg; 1864; 19. Muckraker; 20. The Richmond Ring; 21. Ulysses S. Grant; 22. The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign; 1865
  • 23. Richmond's Fall24. Assassination; 25. Peace; Photographs; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Selected Bibliography; Source Notes; Index; Photo Credits; Copyright
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (503 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501126871
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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39c3f0d2-b58f-4346-9d57-17e24dfe4350
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1109783022
Label
Lincoln's Spies : Their Secret War to Save a Nation, Douglas Waller, (electronic resource)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteId=372&titleId=4501033
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Intro; Dedication; Cast of Characters; Time Line of Major Events; Maps; Note to Readers; Epigraph; 1861; 1. Allan Pinkerton; 2. George Sharpe; 3. Elizabeth Van Lew; 4. Lafayette Baker; 5. Secret Service; 6. Bull Run; 7. The Ohio Department; 8. Washington; 9. "Enemies of the State"; 1862; 10. Richmond; 11. "I Have the Honor to Report"; 12. The Peninsula Campaign; 13. Second Bull Run; 14. Antietam; 15. Fredericksburg; 1863; 16. "The Great Game"; 17. Chancellorsville; 18. Gettysburg; 1864; 19. Muckraker; 20. The Richmond Ring; 21. Ulysses S. Grant; 22. The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign; 1865
  • 23. Richmond's Fall24. Assassination; 25. Peace; Photographs; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Selected Bibliography; Source Notes; Index; Photo Credits; Copyright
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (503 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501126871
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
39c3f0d2-b58f-4346-9d57-17e24dfe4350
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1109783022

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