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Espionage the practice of spying held a major part in the victory of the Union and the defeat of the Confederates Men and women spies became widely known for their spying The plot to burn New York became a major event in the loss of the Confederates And Civil War ciphers became the form of transferring messages between spies and officers Spies of the war were both men and women Most of these spies became well known for their spying Confederate woman spy Belle Boyd was one of them She was imprisoned for her acts of spying and later married a Union Naval Officer Another Confederate woman spy Nancy Hart who was also a scout and a guide for the Confederacy was also put in prison but escaped Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Elizabeth Bowser were both spies for the Union But the most well known spy for the Confederacy was Rose ONeal Greenhow She accomplished many things as a spy She sent a message to General Pierre GT Beauregard that caused him to win the battle of Bull Run and was credited for winning the battle of Manassas Although she was sent to prison she still sent cryptic notes which would travel in such places as the inside of a womans bun of hair Men spies were also renowned Allan Pinkerton a Union spy saved Lincoln from a plotted assassination before he was actually assassinated by John Wilkes Booth Pinkerton also founded the National Detective Agency Sam Davis a Confederate boy spy was a member of the Confederate reconnaissance unit named Colemans Scouts The plot to burn New York could have saved the Confederacy from losing the war If all had gone as planned the Confederates would have gained control of New York Four groups were needed to fully pull off this plan One group was to set fires to New York buildings while another group seized Federal Buildings and municipal
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