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Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy

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In 1861, when war erupted between the States, President Lincoln made an impassioned plea for volunteers. Determined not to remain on the sidelines, Emma Edmonds cropped her hair, donned men's clothing, and enlisted in the Union Army. Everyone, even her fellow soldiers, thought she was a man.

But Emma wanted to do more. When she heard a key Union spy had been captured and executed, she volunteered to take his place. Posing in turn as a slave, peddler, washerwoman, and fop, she became a cunning master of disguise, risking discovery and death at every turn behind Confederate lines. Emma had fooled her own army, but could she keep her secret behind enemy lines? This fascinating story of a real-life, little known Civil War hero is a fast-paced, stranger-than-fiction tale of courage.

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"According to the estimates of some historians, as many as 400 women fought in the Civil War disguised as men. One such woman was Emma Edmonds, 21 years old and Canadian born... Reit has used Emma's own published memoirs (long out of print), research from the National Archives, and U. S. Army records." -- Elizabeth M. Reardon, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 14
Author Seymour Reit
ISBN 0152164278
Publication Date Aug 1, 2001
Publisher Graphia
Series Name Great Episodes
Language English