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From Ballroom to Battlefield

Explore the Role of Intelligence in the Civil War

A Spy’s Eye View of the Civil War

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 2011, the International Spy Museum added this gallery to highlight the significant role espionage played during the War Between the States. 

The key role intelligence played in the greatest of American struggles is showcased through refreshed exhibits including untold tales such as why Confederate General Lee was “blind” at Gettysburg and how a marching band helped the Confederates fool a Union General. Follow along with “The Great Locomotive Chase” led by Union spy James J. Andrews and learn how high-society female spies worked for both the Union and Confederacy.