Category Archives: Spies

June 30, 1864: Thomas is lenient with Keim

Sherman had Thomas arrest the New York Herald reporter Keim because he revealed publicly that Sherman’s troops had possession of Johnston’s semaphore code. While he could in theory had shot him as a spy, Thomas just kicked him out of … Continue reading

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June 29, 1864: A spy in Sherman’s camp

Sherman never did have a good relationship with the press, but he had a legitimate complaint against the Herald reporter DeB. Randolph Keim. Keim reported in a published article that Sherman’s men had cracked the enemy’s semaphore code, and were … Continue reading

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January 31, 1864: A union spy in the south

A unionist paper prints a perhaps somewhat one-sided account of the tribulations of the south. DAILY TIMES [LEAVENWORTH, KS], January 31, 1864, p. 2, c. 5 A Union Spy in the South. Condition of the Cotton States. A correspondent of … Continue reading

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May 13, 1862: Spies North and South

Rose Greenhow (I couldn’t find pictures of Smithson or Webster, so she’s the next most involved person) ************** A New York Times article from May 3 mentions the hanging of a Union spy in Richmond, and the possibility that a … Continue reading

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November 30, 1861: States can secede; counties can’t.

Slave population as percent of total, Arkansas, 1860 census The principle of secessionism had to be kept firmly in check in the South, where some areas had strong Union sympathies. West Virginia had already seceded from Virginia to form a … Continue reading

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November 29, 1861: Unionist spies in Arkansas

From the Little Rock Daily State Journal: Interrogating a Union prisoner Twenty-seven prisoners, members of a secret Lincoln organization, from Van Buren county, were brought to this city yesterday and lodged in jail for safe keeping, until tried by the … Continue reading

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