Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy (Google eBook)

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 24, 2010 - History - 304 pages
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After an elderly man jumped from New York's Pulitzer Building in
1911, his death made the front page of the New York Times: "World
Dome Suicide a Famous War Spy." By then Pryce Lewis had slipped
entirely offstage; but, as Gavin Mortimer reveals, the headline did him
justice, speaking to the dramatic, vitally important, and until now
untold role he had played in the Civil War.

Emigrating to the United States in 1856, Lewis was soon employed as
an operative by Allan Pinkerton in his newly established detective
agency. Early in the Civil War Pinkerton offered the agency to President
Lincoln as a secret service, spying on Southern forces and
insurrectionists. Civilian spies proved crucial to both sides early on;
indeed, intelligence gathered by Lewis helped give the Union army its
first victory, three days after the defeat at Bull Run. Within a year,
though, he and fellow Brit Timothy Webster, another Pinkerton operative,
were captured in Richmond, and their high-profile trial and conviction
in a Confederate court changed the course of wartime espionage. Lewis
was spared the hangman's noose, but Webster was executed, and thereafter
spying was left to military personnel rather than civilians.

Narrative history at its best, in recounting Pryce Lewis's gripping
story, Double Death offers new angles on the Civil War,
illuminating the early years of the Pinkerton Agency and the shadow
world of spying throughout the war, as well as the often overlooked
impact that Britain had on both sides.
  

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Review: Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy

User Review  - Deivito - Goodreads

I read this one in a zip. Couldn't put this incredible story down. Welsh-born Pryce Lewis makes his way to US America, becomes one of Pinkerton's detectives, and thereafter a Civial war spy for the Union. Tragic and true, a riveting odyssey (with a tie to Jersey City to boot!) Read full review

Review: Double Death: The True Story of Pryce Lewis, the Civil War's Most Daring Spy

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

Very interesting look at Pinkerton's spy network in Richmond. Pyrce Lewis' story was intriguing, but tragic. Mortimer does a good job telling the entire story. Read full review

Contents

Prologue There Goes a Big Slide of Snow
1
Little Molehills from the Green Sea
4
A Detective Me?
10
Murdered in the Most Shocking Manner
17
A Plan Had Been Laid for My Assassination
24
Set a Price on Every Rebel Head and Hang Them
33
An English Nobleman Travelling for Pleasure
39
Dont You Know There Is a War in This Country Sir?
50
Trust for a Favorable Outcome
151
We Have All Your Companions
155
Hanged by the Necks Until We Were Dead
160
Keep Your Courage Up
165
I Have Made a Full Statement and Confessed Everything
176
I Suffer a Double Death
183
It Was Not War It Was Murder
191
They Held Existence by a Frail Tenure
201

Grossly Insulting to Some of the Officers
59
I See You Are a Stranger in These Parts
67
Do You Mean to Say That You Have Been in Wises Camp?
77
That Is Tim Webster
89
The Most Persuasive Woman That Was Ever Known in Washington
98
Youll Have to Be Mighty Careful Now or Youll Be Arrested
109
It Would Be Folly for Me to Go to Richmond
116
He Is a Noble Fellow a Most Valuable Man to Us
125
I Suspected You All Along
141
Lewis Remained Staunch and Did Not Confess
218
Epilogue A Faithful Servant to His Country
238
The Baltimore Plot
243
The Trial
247
Pinkertons Military Espionage
251
Notes
255
Index
273
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About the author (2010)

Gavin Mortimer is the author of The Great Swim and Chasing
Icarus
. He has written for a wide range of publications, from Esquire
to the Daily Telegraph, from BBC History to the Observer.

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