How Black Men and Women Risked Their Lives by Going Undercover During the Civil War
Who would they tell? They were just butlers, deckhands on a rebel sympathiser's steamboat, or field workers. But some weren't just slaves - they were also spies working undercover as Union intelligence officers. 'The chief source of information to the enemy,' General Robert E Lee, commander of the Confederate Army, said in May 1863, 'is through our negroes.'
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