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SOLD OUT: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Members fee ($0) and Non-members fee ($15).

This event is SOLD OUT.

credit Nick BaroseKaren Abbott

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

The Athenæum boasts an impressive collection of prints, photographs, pamphlets, and other rare materials from the Civil War era, including an album of Civil War photographs once owned by Alice Mason. Following her first husband’s death in 1863, Mason volunteered briefly in military hospitals around Washington, D.C. It is unknown whether Mason assembled the album herself, but the photographs tell a compelling story about the war. Visit our Digital Collections page to see photographs from Mason’s Civil War Album of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, the ruins of Richmond, and more.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War, a spellbinding work of historical restoration, recounts the courage and audacious duplicity of four remarkable women who played seminal roles in the Civil War. Two working for the Union and two for the Confederacy, these women, until now all but forgotten by history, came from varying backgrounds and regions. Yet each risked everything—money, honor, family connections, and even her life—in order to further the cause in which she adamantly believed. Abbott, who draws on a wealth of primary source material as well as interviews with the women’s descendants, illuminates these interwoven lives with the assured hand of an historian and the narrative grace of a novelist.

Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and American Rose. She also contributes to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog, Past Imperfect, and writes for Disunion, the New York Times series about the Civil War.

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