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Deception and Spycraft: Military Intelligence in the Civil War
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When: Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
7:00 PM
Where: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
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Spy Seminar Series Civil War Spies: A Three-Part Exploration of Union and Confederate Intelligence Operations

The North and the South both had their share of intelligence successes (and failures); neither the Blue nor the Gray were strangers to intrigue and espionage. Society ladies carried secret messages, runaway slaves re-crossed the Mason-Dixon Line as undercover agents, and couriers worked covert operations in the life or death climate of wartime. In this series held at three different locations, a distinguished group of historians and espionage experts will introduce you to some of the most amazing spies and spy cases of the conflict.

Deception and Spycraft: Military Intelligence in the Civil War

Spies, cavalry, and telescopes were the traditional intelligence tools available to the Civil War strategist, but there was also cutting edge high tech: the telegraph and the observation balloon. How did the Union and Confederate armies combine these to help their generals make strategic decisions? Explore the key role that intelligence played in the North's victory at Gettysburg, Pinkerton's intelligence network, the "spy” gadgets available to the Civil War era James Bond, and find out how both sides used music for intelligence and deception. Join International Spy Museum historian Mark Stout; Professor William B. Feis, of Buena Vista University, author of Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox; and James A. Davis, Professor of Musicology at State University of New York, Fredonia, for a fascinating discussion of intelligence in America's bloodiest war.

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