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Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War ebook

by Donald Markle

Donald E. Markle holds a .

Donald E. in History from the University of Maryland and did graduate work at both American and George Washington Universities. He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institute, the National Archives, and Ford's Theater in Washington. His previous works include Pennsylvania: An Illustrated History, Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War and Intelligence Was My Line: Inside Eisenhower's Other Command, all published by Hippocrene Books. He resides in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-234) and index. Although documentation shows that the American Civil War was conducted in large part by amateurs, the activities of spies gained some unprecedented sophistication thanks to new technology - photography, telegraphs and even hot-air balloons. Enemy newspapers, for instance, became a coveted asset for the spy.

Spies and Spy Masters of the Civil War. By Thriftbooks. com User, June 2, 2009. I had found one chapter of this book on line and used it in my Civil War Unit in . I was delighted to find the entire book and have been really entertained and enlightened by it. It adds a deeper dimension to our study. Spies of the Civil War. com User, April 29, 2008

But I still am not a civil war fan, and I don't plan to read much more in the area.

If you are interested in the topic, then I certainly recommend the book. But I still am not a civil war fan, and I don't plan to read much more in the area.

Spies often acted as newspaper couriers for their governments, or even provided a "clipping service" to swiftly . Donald E. Markle is an alumnus of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. A veteran of 34 years in the .

Spies often acted as newspaper couriers for their governments, or even provided a "clipping service" to swiftly convey information aiding military strategists and their supporters. Department of Defense Intelligence, Markle has given numerous lectures on the topic of espionage in the Civil War.

Although Markles informal and enthusiastic style is quite readable, the books topical . Spies And Spy Masters Of The Civil War By Donald E. Markle Paperback, 2004.

Roland Green Publisher Description This book covers the entire history of Civil War espionage. The activities and tactics of hundreds of spies are described, including in-depth descriptions of spy-masters like Allan Pinkerton, Lafayette Baker, and Generals Dodge, Sharpe, and Garfield.

Tactical or battlefield intelligence became very vital to both armies in the field during the American Civil War. Units of spies and scouts reported directly to the commanders of armies in the field. They provided details on troop movements and strengths. The distinction between spies and scouts was one that had life or death consequences. If a suspect was seized while in disguise and not in his army's uniform, the sentence was often to be hanged.

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Items related to Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War. Markle Spies and Spymasters of the Civil War. ISBN 13: 9780781804288. In fact, the book's final five chapters have a quasi-reference organization; featuring Markle's discussions of all known Civil War spies, they would alone make the book worth considering for academic libraries.

The most comprehensive work on the subject ever written, this book covers the entire history of Civil War espionage for both the Union and Confederate armies. This revised edition includes new photographs and drawings of both Union and Confederate spies, and new chapters including 'After Life' -- the stories of what happened to many notorious spymasters after the war, and 'Amateur Hour' -- new information about the extensive intelligence gathering done by the civilian population. With an appendix of all known Civil War spies -- 432 in all, a comprehensive bibliography of books written by Civil War spies, and a glossary of Civil War spy terms, this book is the ultimate guide to understanding Civil War espionage, and the foundation it built for modern-day military intelligence.
A very basic primer that seems to have been written with a young adult audience in mind. The language is humpty dumpty, and Markle ends every! other! sentence! with an exclamation mark! It's an okay place to start, but if you have any real interest in the topic you'll need to go much farther elsewhere.
Useful resource for writer research. Great anecdotes and story fodder. Interesting and helpful way of organizing the info, female spies, northern spies, southern spies, black spies, the various spymasters and their philosophy and methodology. Most fascinating thing to me was how we basically had no established spy network prior to the war, so there was a lot of improvisation as well as a lot of misfires.
This is an excellent source for understanding the efforts and cost of gaining military intelligence. It shows many examples of success in getting timely information to field commanders.
I have a large interst in military intelligence actvities expecially in hte civil war era. This book helped me expand my knowledge and insight.
While I did find this to be a decent "overview" of the subject, the depth of coverage just wasn't there. Also I expected a more "professional historian's" treatment. This one came away with me thinking it was designed for high school or very undergraduate use.
I am very satisfied with this spy review book especially with the way it is organized. The book is not a narrative, meaning, a story.
My son in law likes history so I hope he doesnt already have this one so cross my fingers. It was an interesting time in history to see the names behind the players
The reviews for this "book" led me to believe it was an actual work of authorship. When I received the volume, I discovered to my chagrin that it was apparently put together by a computer, one with an inordinate fondness for exclamation! Points! Worse, it has bullet points, like the dumbest of how-tos. I made several good-faith attempts to read this collection of alphabet letters, but was stymied every time by its incoherence, lack of narrative structure, inability to present a focused and consistent voice, questionable scholarship, and all-around painfully amateur quality. I would love to read a coherent, literate history of Confederate (and Union) spying during the Civil War, but this. Ain't. It. Those positive reviews must have been friends and family; I can't imagine an objective outsider having anything good to say about this lead balloon. I wish I could get my money back!
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Hippocrene Books; Revised edition (October 1999)
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