A Yankee Spy in Richmond

A Yankee Spy in Richmond

The Civil War Diary of "Crazy Bet" Van Lew

eBook - 1996
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The extraordinary story of a woman spy deep in the heart of the Confederate capital. Elizabeth "Crazy Bet" Van Lew's adventures are captured in her letters and journal entries, which also betray her own fears and turmoil.
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, 1996
ISBN: 9780585299709
0585299706
Branch Call Number: 921 VanLe
Description: ix, 166 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm

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Excerpt from: “A Yankee Spy in Richmond: The Civil War Diary of ‘Crazy Bet’ Van Lew”

By Elizabeth Van Lew January 24, 1864 Alas for the suffering of the very poor! Women are begging for bread with tears in their eyes, and a different class from ordinary beggars. What an experience is that of an intelligent person, born and brought up in the Southern States, and continuing their residence there through this terrible rebellion. The peace, plenty, and freedom of the whites… (more)

Excerpt from: “A Yankee Spy in Richmond: The Civil War Diary of ‘Crazy Bet’ Van Lew”

By Elizabeth Van Lew January 24, 1864 Alas for the suffering of the very poor! Women are begging for bread with tears in their eyes, and a different class from ordinary beggars. What an experience is that of an intelligent person, born and brought up in the Southern States, and continuing their residence there through this terrible rebellion. The peace, plenty, and freedom of the whites… (more)


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They may have called her "Crazy Bet" in Richmond, but she and her maidservant were extremely effective in gathering and passing on information to the Union command. This is her autobiography.

Van Lew’s diary details her accomplishments as a Union spy living in Richmond during the Civil War.


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