Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) was a Civil War historian, editor and author. His story, "The Greatest Gift," formed the basis for the classic film, "It's A Wonderful Life."
Secret Missions of the Civil War
by Philip Van Doren Stern
U.S. History/Civil War
cover by Kevin Stone
digital design by Tina Henderson
Garrett County Press
Kindle, iBooks, NOOK, Google, Kobo
Civil War historian and celebrated author Philip Van Doren Stern (The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln) presents an underground history woven from first hand accounts of Civil War spies, scouts, detectives and double agents. Secret Missions of the Civil War gives an inside look into the birth of modern spy warfare: secret codes, Allen Pinkerton, assassinations, McClellan's personal spy, European arms dealing, the Secret Service, Morgan and Mosby, the stunning Mrs. Rose O'Neal, privateers, the New York draft riots and torpedoes. Through astute and carefully documented commentary, Stern shows how seemingly random acts of underground warfare dramatically influenced the course of the war and American history.
"The true fabric of history is a sound basis for a book with its appeal to all students of the Civil War as well as those who will enjoy an acquaintance with some of its most dramatic figures."
-- Kirkus Reviews