Nurse and Spy in the Union Army

Sarah Emma EDMONDS (1841 - 1898)

The “Nurse and Spy” is simply a record of events which have transpired in the experience and under the observation of one who has been on the field and participated in numerous battles—among which are the first and second Bull Run, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, the Seven days in front of Richmond, Antietam, and Fredericksburg—serving in the capacity of “Spy” and as “Field Nurse” for over two years.

While in the “Secret Service” as a “Spy,” which is one of the most hazardous positions in the army—she penetrated the enemy’s lines, in various disguises, no less than eleven times; always with complete success and without detection.

Her efficient labors in the different Hospitals as well as her arduous duties as “Field Nurse,” embrace many thrilling and touching incidents, which are here most graphically described. - Summary from the preface

Genre(s): War & Military, Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Publisher's Notice TriciaG
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Play 01 I - Commencement of the War TriciaG
00:17:44
Play 02 II - Marching Orders - Manassas TriciaG
00:19:37
Play 03 III - The Panic and Retreat TriciaG
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Play 04 IV - Washington After Bull Run TriciaG
00:25:10
Play 05 V - Visiting the Contrabands TriciaG
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Play 06 VI - Yorktown and Vicinity TriciaG
00:22:54
Play 07 VII - My Disguise as a Spy TriciaG
00:19:01
Play 08 VIII - My First Secret Expedition TriciaG
00:17:16
Play 09 IX - A Battle TriciaG
00:23:10
Play 10 X - Advance on the Peninsula - The Merrimac TriciaG
00:15:31
Play 11 XI - I Become an Irish Peddler TriciaG
00:20:59
Play 12 XII - Another Start for the Rebel Lines TriciaG
00:18:30
Play 13 XIII - I Act as an Orderly - My Own Disaster TriciaG
00:19:32
Play 14 XIV - The Hospital Tree TriciaG
00:16:37
Play 15 XV - Leave of Absence TriciaG
00:14:25
Play 16 XVI - Battle of Mechanicsville TriciaG
00:18:03
Play 17 XVII - Malvern Hill - Perilous Position TriciaG
00:21:25
Play 18 XVIII - I Visit Washington TriciaG
00:24:01
Play 19 XIX - Dispelling the Blues - Retreat from Richmond TriciaG
00:17:58
Play 20 XX - Entering the Rebel Lines as a Spy TriciaG
00:18:26
Play 21 XXI - After Antietam - Camp Life TriciaG
00:19:15
Play 22 XXII - A Military Execution - A Narrow Escape TriciaG
00:16:21
Play 23 XXIII - Burnside in Command TriciaG
00:17:22
Play 24 XXIV - Again in Dixie TriciaG
00:13:54
Play 25 XXV - Appointed Detective TriciaG
00:17:31
Play 26 XXVI - North and South Contrasted TriciaG
00:15:38
Play 27 XXVII - Vicksburg TriciaG
00:18:11
Play 28 XXVIII - I Am Attacked by Fever TriciaG
00:13:26
Play 29 XXIX - Review of Hospital and Camp Life TriciaG
00:16:46
Play 30 XXX - Closing Incidents TriciaG
00:17:48