Secret Missions of the Civil War

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Garrett County Press, Jul 30, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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Civil War historian and celebrated author Philip Van Doren Stern presents an underground history woven from first hand accounts of Civil War spies, scouts, detectives and double agents. Secret Missions of the Civil War gives an inside look into the birth of modern spy warfare: secret codes, Allen Pinkerton, assassinations, McClellan's personal spy, European arms dealing, the Secret Service, Morgan and Mosby, the stunning Mrs. Rose O’Neal, privateers, the New York draft riots and torpedoes. Through astute and carefully documented commentary, Stern shows how seemingly random acts of underground warfare dramatically influenced the course of the war and American history.

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User Review  - vtmom13 - LibraryThing

This was an interesting little book, containing many not so well known parts of the Civil war. I wouldn't consider it to be quite correctly titled however. The stories were not so much about secret ... Read full review

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This book is very much worth buying. Easy to read and very enjoyable. The facts are well put together. Read full review


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Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) was a Civil War historian, editor and author. His story, "The Greatest Gift," formed the basis for the classic film, "It's A Wonderful Life.

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