Essay on The Civil War By Karen Abbott

944 Words Nov 19th, 2015 4 Pages
During the Civil War, a lot of people played different roles on both the Confederate and the Union sides of the war. There were spies who used their seductive powers to get information out of the officers and women who dressed up as men to be accepted as a soldier 's. The Civil War influenced much of society by beginning segregation, secession, and gave rights to slaves. According to the biography on her website, Karen Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City, American Rose, and most recently, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy. She has written for the New York Times Book Review, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian magazine, Salon, and many other publications. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy intrigues me by telling the stories of four young ladies in the Civil War. Karen Abbott tells the story beautifully, while you can tell the novel is fully researched in every aspect.
Belle Boyd grew up in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. She is a lively, energetic young teen who can’t keep her temper contained. With her father away at war, the only people in her home are her, her mother, and Eliza (her sister). But, when Union soldiers come into her home and try to violate her mother in a way that diminishes a woman 's pride, Boyd reacts in a way highly surprising. She grabs the pistol and shoots one of the men coiled around her mother 's waist. At the sound of the shot, the few remaining soldiers seem to shift in her direction to kill her. The first words that come…

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