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Only Call Us Faithful

A Novel of the Union Underground

Marie Jakober

Forge Books

Elizabeth Van Lew, Patriot

Elizabeth Van Lew was born in Richmond, Virginia, a citizen of the United States of America. When Virginia and other southern states seceded, she didn't feel that changed her citizenship. Once the Civil War started, she led a dangerous double life to aid her country.

Her neighbors thought her merely an eccentric spinster; in reality she was busy day and night, ferreting out Confederate military secrets and passing them covertly through enemy lines to other members of the Union intelligence underground, all right under the suspicious noses of the Confederate military command in her native Richmond. The Confederate Army constantly harassed her: they raided her house in the middle of the night; they followed as she went about her business through the streets of Richmond; they even searched her grocery bags for possible hidden messages. Throughout the Civil War, Elizabeth Van Lew was but a hair's breadth away from exposure, and a hanging death. This is her heroic true story.

Winner of the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction

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ONLY CALL US FAITHFUL
ONETHE FEW STARS LEFT WERE SET IN BLOODThe triumph of the Confederacy would be a victory of the powers of evil.John Stuart Mill, English philosopher 
... That cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.Ulysses S. Grant 
The azure on our flag was gone. The few stars left were set in blood.Elizabeth Van Lew 
 
 
The past is always with me now. And I can see it, sometimes, with remarkable clarity, as though I were standing just beyond the footlights of a vast s
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"An authentic, vibrant portrait of Richmond, its history and inhabitants."
"Marie Jakober knows her history and brings to life a cast of heroic and unforgettable characters."

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