Woman who served as a Spy
for the Union

Spies are important sources of information in any war and the best ones are people you never suspect. Throughout history, women have been spies and the American civil war was no exception. Whether they posed as slaves or just kept their ears open in social circles, female spies provided critical information.

You have been a spy for the Union ever since the war began. You've been able to pull it off so far, but it has been a dangerous and frightening situation. You make frequent trips to public areas carrying secret messages. You will share your thoughts and experiences in a letter you write to a family member or friend.

Some questions to ask yourself as you write your letter are as follows. Why do you support the North? Do you have any family members fighting in the war? What secret messages have you delivered? Did the message lead to a victory for the Union? Have you ever come close to getting caught? What is the punishment for those who get caught spying?

You will need to use lots of adjectives. By reading your letter, family and friends should be able to understand the enormous hardships you encounter as a spy for the union.

To wrap up this webquest, you will present your letter to the class. This is where your character will come alive! You will come dressed as your character and reveal your identity through the letter. You will be graded on your enthusiasm and creativity. You will really have to get to know your character so that you can best portray that person.

You should read the information contained at each site thoroughly with your individual role and task in mind.

Remember the Ladies

Letter from a Woman who Spied for the Union States


Women who were Spies in the War


American Civil War Home Page


Civil War for Kids

Civil War ThinkQuest

Documentaries of 2 Communities

Life in Civil War America