Friday, August 15, 2014

448. Civil War Spies, Central Library, August 23

     If you are a Civil War geek...and I know how many of you are out should attend what looks like an interesting program to be put on by the Marion County Historical Society next Saturday.
     It features a topic not usually associated with the military---intelligence! But it will be presented by the highly-qualified Steve Towne, so I have high hopes. See you at the Central Library.

Detectives and Spies: U.S. Army Intelligence Operations in Indianapolis During the Civil War

Saturday, August 23rd, 2:00-3:30 pm

Central Library - Special Collections Reading Room, 6th Floor

Presented by the Marion County Historical Society

            The U.S. Army responded to growing threats to its integrity arising from desertion, draft dodging, and armed resistance to the draft in the Midwest during the Civil War by creating detective bureaus to collect intelligence on armed secret organizations that impeded the Union war effort.  Army detectives and spies successfully infiltrated these groups and foiled plots to raise insurrection and release Confederate POWs.  Stephen Towne will show how Indianapolis was a central hub for Army intelligence operations.
            Stephen E. Towne is Associate University Archivist at IUPUI.  He has published extensively on Civil War-related topics.  His latest book, Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War:  Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland, is forthcoming from Ohio University Press.

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