As the Civil War ground on, an underground Unionist movement flourished in the heart of the Confederacy, led by an unlikely leader. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy and well connected member of Richmond's elite, risked everything to help save the Union, skillfully directing this clandestine group and becoming General Ulysses S. Grant's spy in Richmond. Surrounded by a cadre of "slaves" secretly freed and working with her at the risk of their lives--and hers--Lizzie becomes a pivotal character in the narrative that reveals the complexity and horror of war and the possibility of ultimate redemption. Based on an incredible true story, Lizzie's War revolves around a number of elements: the intrigue involved in Elizabeth's double life, her scheme to plant a former slave as her spy in the Jefferson Davis home, her secret romance with a Union prisoner, the dangerous work and conspiracies entailed in running a spy network for the Federal Government in the Confederate capital, terrifying flights to freedom engineered by Elizabeth for escaped prisoners and slaves, and ongoing Confederate surveillance, investigations and arrests of Unionists.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Rosemary Agonito's first novel, Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn , also based on a true story, won the prestigious 2006 Western Heritage Award for the Outstanding Western Novel. She has also authored five non-fiction books, many articles, and lectured widely on women's history and issues.
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Miss Lizzie's War: The Double Life of Southern Belle Spy Elizabeth Van Lew based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
if you start your story with every character named elizabeth, you have to give your audience some clues. the main character is named elizabeth, and her best friend, eliza, and her mother, eliza, and a little baby, eliza. so, elizabeth's best friend, eliza, walks home, a few lines later, eliza is talking, and i'm flipping back going, wait a minute--i thought eliza went home. well, turns out, the mother is named eliza too. thanks for mentioning this. great editing. this is why fiction is dead. and it doesn't matter if this is based on a true story. you're not telling a true story, you are telling DRAMA. the true story happened a hundred and fity years ago. so set your characters apart. i read four pages, got so tired of flipping around, trying to figure out who is eliza, and elizabeth, flicked the book at the wall and turned on the tube.