By Jennifer Chiaverini
New York Times bestselling writer Jennifer Chiaverini is again with one other spell binding ancient novel set through the Civil conflict period, this time encouraged via the lifetime of “a real Union girl as real as metal” who risked every thing by way of taking care of Union prisoners of warfare — and stealing accomplice secrets and techniques.
Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and knowledgeable by way of Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew used to be a paradox of her time. while her local nation seceded in April 1861, Van Lew’s convictions pressured her to defy the recent accomplice regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White residence, her braveness might by no means waver, at the same time her wartime activities threatened not just her popularity, but additionally her life.
Van Lew’s abilities in amassing army intelligence have been extraordinary. She helped to build the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the notorious accomplice Libby criminal lower than the guise of humanitarian reduction. Her secret agent ring’s succeed in was once gigantic, from clerks within the accomplice battle and military Departments to the very domestic of accomplice President Jefferson Davis.
Although Van Lew was once inducted posthumously into the army Intelligence corridor of repute, the marvelous scope of her achievements hasn't ever been well known. In Chiaverini’s riveting story of high-stakes espionage, an exceptional heroine of the Civil battle eventually will get her due.
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