The Civil War spies are among the most important names in the American history. The espionage is the toughest, strictest and most disciplined job on Earth. You cannot make money or get some fame with it, but with all these, it is by far the most interesting and attractive job. The espionage is a tough duel, except that you have spiritual and not physical weapons. You use your intelligence, memory and life experience instead of swords. Instead of guns and bullets, you rely on the information and the manipulation tricks. It is a real duel with real victims. There are no such things like mercy and forgiveness. The best psychically trained individual will win and will sacrifice the other one. The Civil War is the most important war in the US history. It is more important for the local history than World War I and World War II as well. Around the middle of the 19-th century, after the gold was first discovered in California, a new wave of European immigrants got to the United States. The rich planters hoped to reintroduce the thralldom, while the farmers and workers were protesting against it. It only took a few weeks for two different governments to be created. After multiple guerrilla fights, the farmers gave up. The news encouraged other small formations of slaves to raise against the government in various parts of the country. All these minor fights represented the prelude of the Civil War in the United States.
Both camps had advanced technology back then. The Civil War spies were extremely popular and useful. Since all the armies were from the same place, they could easily speak and understand each other, without any suspicions. Unlike the spies today who need to be able to perfectly speak and understand specific languages, things were different in the United States. The leaders knew this, therefore their care reached paranoia limits. If one of the troops was caught without the uniform on, he was executed. There was no time for negotiations, discussions or apologies. A general would kill his own soldier, rather than taking any risks. Each camp had its own unit of professionally trained spies and agents. The Confederate ones were focusing on Virginia and used a specific line – the Secret Line – to send the information. Among the most common confederate names, you can count John Yates Beall, David Owen Dodd or James Dunwoody Bulloch.
On the other hand, the Union’s Civil War spies were not centralized. They were spread in multiple parts of the country and had direct connections with the leadership. For instance, one of the most popular pictures of the Civil War present Abraham Lincoln standing close to Allan Pinkerton and an unidentified man. Allan Pinkerton was known to be one of the most professional agents in the Union army. Some other major names include Lafayette C. Baker, Philip Henson and George Curtis. Both armies counted on the charm of ladies as well, such as Sarah Emma Edmonds, Antonia Ford or Kate Warne.