Spies, Scouts and Raiders
Time-Life Civil War Series 18 of 27
A gripping, comprehensive account of the Civil War, including eyewitness testimony, profiles of key personalities, period photographs, illustrations and artifacts, and detailed battle maps. Fully researched, superbly written.
During the Civil War both North and South employed irregular forces and spies to try to gain advantage over the enemy. This volume looks at these various elements: Confederate spy rings, the Pinkerton agency, Morgan's raiders, Mosby, etc. This book has great photos of artifacts, contemporary photos, and artwork. A fascinating read on how special operations and intelligence-gathering were conducted because these two functions became formalized parts of modern military establishments. It includes sidebars on secret weapons, photos of some of Quantrill's most notorious raiders, U.S. Military Railroads, the General Raid, codes and ciphers and Confederate operations from Canada.
Came down. At 40, he had five children a — when the along to offer a diversion. 47 The Undercover Confederates By the autumn of 1862, Belle Boyd was well enough known to be featured Southern Illustrated News of "My progress through the Southern States was one long ovation," she noted proudly. "The people congregated in vast numbers to get a glimpse of the 'rebel spy.' in the Richmond. ' Belle was photographed by Mathew Brady about 10 years after the War. She supported herself through.
U.S. when Major Albert J. Myer to organize a Signal Corps for Army, he immediately recognized problem: how to keep messages from the prying eyes and ears of the enemy. To use a standard and unchanging system of flag signals would advertise important information to every Confederate within a critical eyesight. Similarly, the electric telegraph, just then coming into widespread use, em- ployed a worldwide code of dots and dashes to transmit messages; enemy agents and scouts could tap in.
Plummet ever sounded." With that dramatic declaraJohn tion, S. Mosby led 29 men "I shall into the dripping darkness toward Fairfax Court House, 25 miles distant, where Percy Wyndham had established his headquarters. Their mission: Confederate guerrilla leader John S. Mosby stands second from left among officers of the 43rd Battalion of Partisan Rangers. So many of Mosby's men came from the Loudoun County area of Virginia that one of them claimed, "Scarcely a family in all that section.
Obsessed with the idea of cutting that general thing," one guerrilla re- or captured and 85 wagons and ambulances. Yet Lee, by emy fit months 1,600 horses and mules, 230 head of cattle, Charlottesville. minutes to be wounded six 1,200 Federals and had taken more than and took advantage of his theory that an ensoldier required five of 1864 Robert E. Lee all at me, that ride." to carry out his plans, displayed a hardened resolve. Once, on grounds that his own supply line would.
Every men of western Missou- bit as determined not to be long tree branch, the secessionists, wrote hemmed Monks, "rolled end the dilemma: As early as 1820 the Missouri Compromise had outlawed slavery in Kansas Territory, but a later measure, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of where the first a big rock up to the tree rope was tied to the limb, placed the noose about James' neck, stood him on the rock, rolled the rock out from under him and left him swinging, rolled the rock to the next.