Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew' s convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life. Van Lew' s skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring' s reach was vast, from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy Departments to the very home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Although Van Lew was inducted posthumously into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known. In Chiaverini' s riveting tale of high-stakes espionage, a great heroine of the Civil War finally gets her due.
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by Jennifer Chiaverini
"Christina Moore introduces listeners to heroine Elizabeth (Lizzie) Van Lew, born in Virginia in the 1800s to a slave-holding upper-crust family. Moore escorts a determined Lizzie on her rebellious journey against the Confederate command during the Civil War after Virginia secedes from the Union. LizzieÕs uncompromising loyalty to the Lincoln White House results in her using her status to orchestrate the passing of military intelligence to the Union. Her clandestine activities place her in additional danger as she assists escaped Union prisoners. Moore splendidly portrays the strength and conviction behind LizzieÕs spy operation, which rose all the way to the office of President Jefferson Davis. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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