The Spy of the Rebellion

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In this colorful narrative history, the founder of Pinkerton National Detective agency describes his successful thwarting of an assassination plot against President-elect Lincoln early in 1861 and his exploits as an operative during the crucial years of the Civil War. Allan Pinkerton, using the pseudonym of Major E. J. Allen, headed an espionage organization that fed information bout the Confederate Army to Major General George B. McClellan. At the heart of The Spy of the Rebellion are his entertaining anecdotes...
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Overview


In this colorful narrative history, the founder of Pinkerton National Detective agency describes his successful thwarting of an assassination plot against President-elect Lincoln early in 1861 and his exploits as an operative during the crucial years of the Civil War. Allan Pinkerton, using the pseudonym of Major E. J. Allen, headed an espionage organization that fed information bout the Confederate Army to Major General George B. McClellan. At the heart of The Spy of the Rebellion are his entertaining anecdotes concerning the methods by which he recruited and managed his agents. Originally published in 1883, it is a fast-paced story full of narrow escapes, violent episodes, nefarious schemes, and candid conversations with the most famous and powerful people of the time. Here are the beleaguered General McClellan, the benign President Lincoln, the villainous Secretary of war Edwin Stanton, the notorious Rebel spy Mrs. Rose Greenhow, and countless others.

In his introduction to this edition, Patrick Bass evaluates The Spy of the Rebellions as history, adding that it "serves historical comprehension in the same manner that good fiction often does, through almost subconscious means, through an indefinable feel for the milieu it imparts to the reader."

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Subtitled, Being a true history of the spy system of the US Army during the late rebellion, revealing many secrets of the war hitherto not made public. A reprint of a compilation of official reports prepared for President Lincoln, General McClellan, and the provost- marshal-general (1883, M.A. Winter and Hatch). Cloth edition (unseen), $40.00. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803287228
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1989
  • Pages: 666
  • Sales rank: 1,060,496
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author


Patrick Bass teaches history at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas.
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Table of Contents

Preface 23
Chapter I.
An Unwritten Page of History
A Political Resume
Abraham Lincoln is Elected President
Chapter II.
Opposition to Mr. Lincoln's Inauguration
A Plot to Assassinate him
The Journey from Springfield, Illinois
Chapter III.
The Conspirators at Work
Detectives on their Trial
Webster as a Soldier
Chapter IV.
The Conspirators in Council
My Operative Joins the Conspiracy
Chapter V.
The Presidential Party Arrives in Philadelphia
Independence Hall
The Departure from Harrisburg
Telegraph Wires Cut
Through the Lines of Treason
Safe Arrival at Washington
Chapter VI.
My Connection with the Rebellion
Timothy Webster Accepts a Mission
Chapter VII.
Webster on his Way to the Capital
Wrecked Trains and Broken Bridges
An Adventure with a Cavalryman
A Rebel Emissary
President Lincoln and Timothy Webster
Chapter VIII.
Timothy Webster in Washington
The Return to Philadelphia
I go to the Capital
An Important Letter
Chapter IX.
An Adventure in Pittsburg
A Mob at Bay
An Explanation
Good Feeling Restored
Chapter X.
General McClellan in Command of Ohio
I am Engaged for the War
The Secret Service
A Consultation
Webster Starts for Rebeldom
Chapter XI.
Webster Fraternizes with the Rebel Officers
A Secession Hat
A Visit to a Rebel Camp
"The Committee of Safety"
A Friendly Stranger
A Warning
The Escape
Chapter XII.
I Take a Trip to the South
Danger in Memphis
A Timely Warning
A Persistent Barber
An Unfortunate Memory
Return to Cincinnati
Chapter XIII.
East and West Virginia
Seceding from Secession
My Scouts in Virginia
A Rebel Captain Entertains "My Lord"
An Old Justice dines with Royalty
A Lucky Adventure
A Runaway Horse
A Rescue
Chapter XIV.
The Rebels Attempt to Occupy West Virginia
General McClellan Ordered to Drive Them Out
Early Battles
The Federals Victorious
West Virginia Freed from Rebel Soldiers
Chapter XV.
General McClellan is Called to Washington, and Placed in Command of the Armies after the Battle of Bull Run
The Secret Service Department
Its Duties and Responsibilities
Chapter XVI.
A Female Traitor
Suspicious Correspondence
A Close Watch under Difficulties
I am Arrested
Exposure of the Treason of a Trusted Officer
A Disgraced Captain
Chapter XVII.
Timothy Webster in Baltimore
An Encounter with a Fire-eater
Webster Defends Himself
Treason Rampant in the Monumental City
Chapter XVIII.
Webster Makes a Journey to the South
A Secret Organization
The "Knights of Liberty"
Webster Becomes a Member
A Sudden Intrusion of the Military
The Conspiracy Broken Up
Chapter XIX.
Suspicions in Washington
"Uncle Gallus"
Property Searched
A Rebel Family sent South
Webster Starts for Richmond
Chapter XX.
The Spy at Richmond
Earthworks Around the Rebel Capital
An Unexpected Meeting
Pistols for Two
A Reconciliation
Safe Return to Washington
Chapter XXI.
Again in Baltimore
A Warning
The Spy is Arrested
And Escapes
Chapter XXII.
Webster and Scobell
A Negro as a Spy
A Traitor Deserts from the Army
He Carries Dispatches to the Rebels
Which Fail of Their Destination
An Attack in the Woods
"The Loyal League"
Slaves as Patriots
Chapter XXIII.
A Negro Spy
Passage on a Steam-Packet
Lyrical Melodies
Scobell Deserts the Ship
His Tramps Through Rebeldom
Chapter XXIV.
A Perilous Ride
A Suspicious Peddler
Uncle Gallus Again
Scobell Investigating
Doubts and Suspicions
Chapter XXV.
The Journey Resumed
A Midnight Pursuit
A Brave Woman
A Dcadly Encounter
Scobell Defends Himself
Death of a Rebel Spy
Chapter XXVI.
A Woman's Discoveries
An Infernal Machine
The Shipping in Danger
Discovery and Destruction of the Submarine Battery
Chapter XXVII.
"Stuttering Dave"
His Tramp Through the Rebel Lines
An Ammunition Train
"Dave's" Plan Succeeds in its Destruction
A Man who Stuttered and "Had Fits."
Chapter XXVIII.
Another Trip to Richmond
A Rebel General Taken In
Curtis Makes Valuable Acquaintances
"The Subtcrranean Headquarters"
Chapter XXIX.
A Virginia Home
Unwelcome Visitors
Mr. Harcourt Arrested and Released
Dan McCowan makes Forcible Love to Mary Harcourt
The Girl in Peril
A Timely Rescue
The Villain Punished
Chapter XXX.
Curtis Again on His Travels
A Loving Episode
Dan McCowan Again Turns up
The Capture of Curtis
A Fight for Life
And Escape
A Bit of Matrimony
Chapter XXXI.
McClellan and his Enemies
The Peninsula Campaign
The Rebel Forces Before Richmond
The Union Forces Outnumbered by the Enemy, and their Commander Hampered by Superiors
An Honest Opinion
Chapter XXXII.
Webster's Expedition
His Gallantry
A Stormy Passage
A Mysterious Package
Treason Discovered and Pumshed
Chapter XXXIII.
Activity in Washington
Webster's Journey Through the South
His Return to the Capital
Chapter XXXIV.
Webster's Last Mission
Anxiety at his Long Absence
No Tidings of the Faithful Scout
Operatives Sent in Search of Him
Webster Ill in Richmond
Chapter XXXV.
McClellan and the Government
Lewis and Scully Arrested as Spies
An Attempted Escape
Trial and Conviction
Condemned to Die
Before the Gallows their Mouths are Opened
Chapter XXXVI.
Webster Arrested as a Spy
A Woman's Devotion, and a Patriot's Heroism
Webster is Convicted
The Execution
A Martyr's Grave
Chapter XXXVII.
The Defeat of General Pope at the Second Battle of Manassas
McClellan Again Called to the Command
The Battle of Antietam
A Union Victory
A Few Thoughts About the Union Commander
McClellan's Removal from Command, and His Favewell Address
Chapter XXXVIII.
General Burnside in Command
My Connection with the Secret Service Severed
Reflections upon Important Events
Conclusion
Appendix 587
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