Hello there I’m Rose, and I’m here to tell you about spies! Spies were treated differently than captured soldiers. Spying was especially dangerous because they were usually executed if they were caught.
Girls got treated very badly and not allowed to become soldiers so many became spies! For example Sarah Emma Edmonds, Crazy Bet, and Mary Bowser. Also fun fact for you, some spies used special ink to transfer information to the leaders, this ink is invisible unless it is dipped in milk.
When it comes to spying the confederacy has several advantages, such as many southerners worked for that union government in DC. Also since there was no planes back then spies often crossed enemy lines in hot air balloons.
At the start of the war the union didn't have a very organized spy network, although they had a lot of of spies. They were usually sent out by leaders in the government. The information was then passed on to the people who really needed it.
The union had a disadvantage in the war, as they gained a significant amount of military intelligence from slaves and former slaves. Spies told of troop movements, numbers of soldiers, and the conditions of the enemies army. This information could make the difference between winning and losing.
There where a lot more union spies then confederate ones, the confederate spy networks where a lot more organized than those of the north. They mostly used people who worked for the army or the government. Some people in the north secretly wanted the south to win, they passed the information across the border using a system called the “Secret line”.