Title: Behind Rebel Lines
Author: Seymour Reit
Genre: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Date Finished: 26 May 2009
My Rating: 4 Stars
Challenges: 100+, Library, New Author, Civil War, Spring, Daring Girls
Franklin Thompson, private in the Union Army; Cuff, contraband Slave; Bridget O'Shea, Irish Peddler; Charles Mayberry, Southern gentleman; alias Emma Edmonds.
Seymour Reit tells the story of Emma Edmonds, a young woman who did not want to stand on the sidelines during the Civil War. Edmonds disguised herself and became Private Franklin Thompson serving as a field nurse and eventually donning more disguises and crossing Confederate lines as a spy for the Union.
Reit created a very enjoyable biography that read more like a novel than a work of non-fiction. It was fun to read about Edmonds various disguises and missions as a spy.
A great choice for younger readers, it did leave me wanting to know more about Emma and her experiences during the war. Since finishing this book I have ordered a copy of her memoirs that were published shortly after the war and have also checked out a few more books from the library about women who were spies and or disguised themselves as men during the Civil War. Some of the titles I look forward to reading on the subject are, They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers during the American Civil War by DeAnne Blanton and Lauren M. Cook, Southern Lady, Yankee Spy by Elizabeth R. Varon and Wild Rose: Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Civil War Spy by Ann Blackman.