The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War

HMH, 2014/07/01 - 760 ページ

“A treasure trove for historians . . . A real addition to Civil War history” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
At the end of the American Civil War, most of the intelligence records disappeared—remaining hidden for over a century. As a result, little has been understood about the role of espionage and other intelligence sources, from balloonists to signalmen with their telescopes.
When, at the National Archives, Edwin C. Fishel discovered long-forgotten documents—the operational files of the Army of the Potomac’s Bureau of Military Information—he had the makings of this, the first book to thoroughly and authentically examine the impact of intelligence on the Civil War, providing a new perspective on this period in history. Drawing on these papers as well as over a thousand pages of reports by General McClellan’s intelligence chief, the detective Allan Pinkerton, and other information, he created an account of the Civil War that “breaks much new ground” (The New York Times).
“The former chief intelligence reporter for the National Security Agency brings his professional expertise to bear in this detailed analysis, which makes a notable contribution to Civil War literature as the first major study to present the war’s campaigns from an intelligence perspective. Focusing on intelligence work in the eastern theater, 1861–1863, Fishel plays down the role of individual agents like James Longstreet’s famous ‘scout,’ Henry Harrison, concentrating instead on the increasingly sophisticated development of intelligence systems by both sides. . . . Expertly written, organized and researched.” —Publishers Weekly
“Fundamentally changes our picture of the secret service in the Civil War.” —The Washington Post



1 Twenty Thousand Potential Spies
2 First Bull Run
3 Known in Richmond in TwentyFour Hours
4 The Phony War of 1861
5 Mr Pinkertons Unique Arithmetic
6 Outnumbered on the Peninsula
7 Hard Lessons from Professor Jackson
16 Pinpoint Intelligence and Hairline Planning
17 Paralyzed by a Real Jackson and a Phantom Longstreet
18 Lees Army Vanishes
19 Pursuit
20 Lost Intelligence Lost Batde
21 Joe Hookers Magnificent Error
22 Reaping the Pennsylvania Harvest

8 Too Little and Too Soon
9 All the Plans of the Rebels
10 Luck Runs Out for Palmer and Stine
11 The Blind Campaign of Fredericksburg
12 A New Client for Attorney Sharpe
13 Ten Days of Southern Hospitality
14 Rebel Spies Are Now Second Best
15 The Gray Fox Swallows the Bait
23 The Thirtieth of June
24 Decision and Victory
Back Matter
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著者について (2014)

Edwin C. Fishel began thirty years of service during World War II, working first as a chief intelligence reporter in the National Security Agency and later as the director of the National Cryptologic School Press. He lives in Arlington, Virgina.