One servant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was a mole in the Richmond White House

Edwards, Ron
March 2005
Military History;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p70
Features Mary Elizabeth Bowser, an African American servant agent from the spy agencies organized by Elizabeth Van Lew, who penetrated the Confederate White House in Richmond, Virginia during the term of U.S. president Jefferson Davis. Information on the espionage network of Van Lew; Personal background of Bowser; Brief information on Bowser's espionage work.


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