Only Call Us Faithful

Only Call Us Faithful : A Novel of the Union Underground

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Elizabeth Van Lew, Patriot

Elizabeth Van Lew was born in Richmond, Virginia, a citizen of the United States of America. When Virginia and other southern states seceded, she didn't feel that changed her citizenship. Once the Civil War started, she led a dangerous double life to aid her country.

Her neighbors thought her merely an eccentric spinster; in reality she was busy day and night, ferreting out Confederate military secrets and passing them covertly through enemy lines to other members of the Union intelligence underground, all right under the suspicious noses of the Confederate military command in her native Richmond. The Confederate Army constantly harassed her: they raided her house in the middle of the night; they followed as she went about her business through the streets of Richmond; they even searched her grocery bags for possible hidden messages. Throughout the Civil War, Elizabeth Van Lew was but a hair's breadth away from exposure, and a hanging death. This is her heroic true story.

Winner of the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction
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Product details

  • Paperback | 381 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 22.9mm | 340.2g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765303175
  • 9780765303172

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Marie Jakober knows her history and brings to life a cast of heroic and unforgettable characters. James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom on Only Call Us Faithful

Fascinating and well plotted, with lively characters, good momentum, and suspense throughout. "Kirkus Reviews on Only Call Us Faithful"

Canadian author Marie Jakober has developed a fascinating Civil War spy story . . . This is a historical novel that is more truth than fiction. "Abilene Reporter-News on Only Call Us Faithful"

This is the testimony of Civil War spy Elizabeth Van Lew told in eloquent, moving prose by her ghost . . . Ms. Jakober presents an authentic, vibrant portrait of Richmond, its history and inhabitants through a sometimes amusing, often caustic, proud woman's voice. "Romantic Times on Only Call Us Faithful""
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About Marie Jakober

Marie Jakober's most recent Civil War novel, Sons of Liberty, was published in 2005. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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