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Women Spies in the Civil War

Women Spies in the Civil War

 

The Friends of the Case Memorial Library continue to celebrate its 25th anniversary by presenting the program, “For the Sake of the Country: Female Spies During the American Civil War,” on Saturday, March 25, at 1:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library.

American military historian, Matthew Bartlett, who will appear in period costume as a Pinkerton agent and his wife Jenn, in costume as a spy, will introduce us to two Union and two Confederate women who risked everything for their country.  A trip to Gettysburg was the inspiration for Mr. Bartlett’s interest in the Civil War.  This led him to write a series of books about the Gettysburg campaign.  He graduated from the American Military University with a Master’s degree in Military History and a specialization in Civil War studies.

When we think of the role women played during the American Civil War, people typically think of laundresses, nurses, and home front duties.  One of the most interesting roles some exceptional women held during the war was as spies.  Why were women so successful?  Could it be because they were easily trusted, thought to be non-threatening, and wore clothing that could hide “secret written communications inside the many tucks and folds of their garments”?

Take this opportunity to learn how these women risked their lives and changed the course of the war.  Register at the library or by calling 203.891.2170.

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