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Elizabeth Van Lew

Born: October 25 1818 - Richmond, Virginia

Died: September 25 1900 - Richmond, Virginia

   Elizabeth began her spying in the North and she was setting up networks of couriers and making up codes. For all of her hard work General Grant made her Postmaster of Richmond. Van Lew most success was in placing a spy in the confederate White House. When Richmond finally fell, Grants first actions were to visit Elizabeth and have tea with her on her columned porch.

Note: She is a member of the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.


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