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Civil War Sisterhood of Spies
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When: Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
7:00 PM
Where: The Willard InterContinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue 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.

Civil War Sisterhood of Spies

Discover the secret work of key Civil War operatives of the fair sex. Meet three of the most successful female Civil War spies: Wild Rose Greenhow, a charming high society widow who sweet-talked ranking Union officers, government officials and lowly clerks alike, encoded their intelligence, and smuggled messages South—with the help of her own spy ring; Antonia Ford, a confederate spy who married one of the Willard Hotel's 19th century proprietors; and Richmond-based Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew. Ann Blackman author of Wild Rose will describe Greenhow's exploits in the nation's capitol, Amanda Ohlke, director of adult education at the International Spy Museum will trace Van Lew's colorful espionage career, and historical impersonator Emily Lapisardi will portray lively Confederate spy Antonia Ford.

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