ePub The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War download
by Edwin C. Fishel
Edwin C. Fishel began thirty years of service during World War II, working first as a chief intelligence reporter in the National Security .
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. The good news, for prospective readers of Edwin Fishel's 1996 "The Secret War for the Union", is that the book has captured an enormous amount of material about the intelligence war between the Union and the Confederacy, much of which took place off the battlefields.
Focusing on intelligence work in the eastern theater, 1861-1863, Fishel plays down the role of individual agents . Fishel's book is one of the few Civil War history books that focuses exclusively on Civil War intelligence gathering.
Fishel treats intelligence as a continuum, one that in the Civil War included cavalry reconnaissance and the systematic interrogation of prisoners and deserters, as well as the use of local sympathizers to observe and report on enemy forces.
Start by marking The Secret War for the Union . This book described the Union's intelligence gathering efforts during the war through the battle of Gettysburg.
Start by marking The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. It appears that this story was untold for many years to protect the identities of a number of the people involved; but intelligence analyst Edwin C. Fishel happened across the records of the Bureau in the archives, still bound up with red ribbons, unread for a century or more. The first part was slow as he talked about the beginning spying efforts. It wasn't interesting.
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Edwin Fishel is reported to have worked for more than thirty years in the field of secret intelligence. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the jacket of his book is short on specifics about his background, noting only that he directed the National Security Agency's National Cryptological School Press. An ironic twist to this truism appears in The Secret War for the Union, in which Mr. Fishel offers new intelligence characters as interesting as Greenhow or Pinkerton but more likely to have contributed significantly to intelligence accomplishments.
At the end of the American Civil War, most of the intelligence records g 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.
Excellent story on intelligence operations in the Civil War. By Thriftbooks. com User, September 2, 2006. I don't disagree that this is not a book for the common reader. It is for those individuals very specifically interested in the Civil War or perhaps the early development of America's intelligence operations. Fishel's book attempts to correct this deficiency. Fishel attacks three Civil War myths
Edwin C. He describes the actions of spies, scouts, signalmen, balloonists and others involved in supplying information as he relates how commanders used military intelligence to make tactical decisions. Fishel attacks three Civil War myths. Was General George B. McClellan really duped into believing he was massively outnumbered in the Peninsula and later at Antietam?
Even Attorney General Edwin M. Stanton, later Lincoln's secretary of war, had security problems; his office was so. .In this interview the awkwardness of handling military secrets in the situation of divided loyalties reached its peak.
Even Attorney General Edwin M. Stanton, later Lincoln's secretary of war, had security problems; his office was so riddled with Southern sympathizers that he had to walk to its entryway to have a confidential conversation with a Republican senator. Stanton, a newcomer to President Buchanan's cabinet, considered his position a vantage point for keeping an eye on Southern influence in the administration.
Among other accomplishments, it appears to have played a vital role in the Union victory at Gettysburg. This surprise-and a few others-await serious readers. 25,000+ items on line. In business since 1987. Core focus: better academic titles in all fields-scarce and rare
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