Saturday, 29 August 2015

Female Spies And Gender-Bending Soldiers Changed The Course Of The Civil War

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Did you know that a female spy, who was also a 'spinster' and an early feminist, was the catalyst for the North winning the Civil War? Elizabeth Van Lew and her African American accomplice, Mary Jane Bowser, smuggled plans out of the Confederate White House by sewing them into the first lady's own dresses.

What's been largely lost to history is how remarkably influential women were to the course of the Civil War - from its beginning to its end.

(thanks Lisa)

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