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The Spy of the Rebellion

Allan Pinkerton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Columbus, Ohio,
April 24, 1861.
"Allan Pinkerton, Esq.,
"Dear Sir:—

"I wish to see you with the least possible delay, to make arrangements with you of an important nature. I will be either here or in Cincinnati for the next few days—here to-morrow—Cincinnati next day. In this city you will find me at the Capitol, at Cincinnati at my residence.

"If you telegraph me, better use your first name[Pg 141] alone. Let no one know that you come to see me, and keep as quiet as possible.

"Very truly yours,
"Geo. B. McClellan,
"Maj. Gen'l Comd'g Ohio Vols.

This letter at once decided me. Anxious as I was to serve the country in this, the hour of her need, I sought the first opportunity for active duty that presented itself, and I left Philadelphia at once, in order to comply with the instructions contained in this message of Gen. McClellan.


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Community Reviews

Love, love, love old books and the language they were written in!

Great book. Written in 1883 it is the story of the beginning of the Secret Service which back in those days did not protect the President but founded to spy on the Confederacy. Mr. Pinkerton's writing style is very engaging and gives insight into many of the people who were central to the Civil War.

My copy of this book is old - printed in 1883 - fascinating insights to what eventually became the secret service. Though at the time of Lincoln's presidency - it was truly inadequate. Hence, Lincoln was murdered by a coward as he sat in a rocking chair at Ford's Theatre.

If you like Civil War history, you'll like this book. Lots of good spy stories.

Adventures of detective Allan Pinkerton and his agents during the American Civil War. As with most of these Pinkerton books, the cases make for fascinating reading.

The Spy of the Rebellion was written by detective Allan Pinkerton, founder of the famous Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency. The book covers Pinkerton’s activities during events leading up to and during the American Civil War, from Pinkerton leading a group of detectives who foiled an 1861 plot t