Friday, April 30, 2010

Help Wanted

Alright all you loyal readers out there, I’m calling on your knowledge and expertise for some assistance.

I’m currently researching Benjamin Butler’s intelligence gathering and spy network for my New Market Heights book.

As many of you know, Butler was able to maintain one of the best spy networks of any army during the war, even going so far as to plant two spies in the White House of the Confederacy. He also had a top notch set of signalmen that observed and reported enemy movements.

While most sources out there acknowledge this prowess, no work that I have yet found actually gives the details of this spy network and intelligence gathering.

So the question is – do you know of any good sources on this subject?

If you do, I’d be much obliged!


  1. I think he used Elizabeth Van Lew to get pretty vital information. Check out Southen Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy by Elizabeth Varon.

  2. Butler's War Correspondence:

    Try the subsequent volumes as well.