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Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Lovely Exhibition of Female Involvement in the Civil War.

    The incredible story of Emma Edmonds was wonderfully told by Seymour Reit. Reit portrayed Miss Edmond's courage and willingness to serve and protect the Union in the best way possible. Women did their part during the Civil War by sewing and caring for the sick, wounded, and dying. This wasn't enough for Emma. Reit tells of Emma's exploits in her early days as she lived them: hard and fast. The first months were routine and passed quickly for this reason. Reit briefly tells of this time and sets the background for the rest of Emma's story. He uses simple diction and syntax to progress the plot quickly, reflecting the fast-paced life at war. He goes into a bit more detail when the events in Emma's life get more and more serious and life-threatening. Reit extends crucial periods in Emma's life like when she breaks down after learning of her childhood friend Lieutenant Vesey's death and confides in Mrs. Butler, the chaplain's wife. Mrs. Butler becomes the confidant of Emma and someone who helps the heroine with crucial events and decisions. Mrs. Butler objects when Emma wishes to replace the Union spy that was captured, reflecting the views of what a woman's place was in society. Whatever dangerous mission Emma was sent on however, Mrs. Butler was always supportive of her friend. She was also supportive of Emma's most dangerous mission which took her into controversial Kentucky. There her mission was to snuff out a Confederate espionage operation without meeting the same fate as her predecessor. The brief summary of the mission is followed by Emma's illness of malaria which caused her to go AWOL in fear of her secret being discovered. Edmonds told of her actions and alias during the war in return for Franklin Thompson being cleared as a deserter and honorably discharged. This book shed light onto a magnificent young woman and her willingness to go beyond the female options to help the Union and put her life on the line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    Everyone should read this

    This is a great book it helped me understand more about what happened during the Civil War. And with Great detail.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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