Miss Lizzie's War

The Double Life of Southern Belle Spy Elizabeth Van Lew

Book Description

As the Civil War ground on, an underground Unionist movement flourished in the heart of the

Confederacy, led by an unlikely leader. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy and well connected member of Richmond’s elite, risked everything to help save the Union, skillfully directing this clandestine group and becoming General Ulysses S. Grant’s spy in Richmond. Surrounded by a cadre of “slaves” secretly freed and working with her at the risk of their lives--and hers--Lizzie becomes a pivotal character in the narrative that reveals the complexity and horror of war and the possibility of ultimate redemption.


Based on an incredible true story, Lizzie's War revolves around a number of elements: the intrigue involved in Elizabeth’s double life, her scheme to plant a former slave as her spy in the Jefferson Davis home, her secret romance with a Union prisoner, the dangerous work and conspiracies entailed in running a spy network for the Federal Government in the Confederate capital, terrifying flights to freedom engineered by Elizabeth for escaped prisoners and slaves, and ongoing Confederate surveillance, investigations and arrests of Unionists.

About Agonito, Rosemary

Rosemary Agonito, Ph.D., is an award winning author whose first novel, also based on a true story, won the prestigious 2006 Western Heritage Award for the Outstanding Western Novel (previous winners include James Michener, Larry McMurtry, Barbara Kingsolver). In addition to award-winning Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, she has authored five non-fiction books and many articles. Agonito has lectured widely on women’s history and issues, appeared on national talk shows on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, PBS and others, and have been quoted in print media such as People, Parents, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Marie Claire, Glamour, Mademoiselle, New Woman, Men’s Health, Human Resources Executive