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Bachelor of Arts




Legend has it that Miss Van Lew was a spy, but there has always been a reasonable amount of doubt as to the correctness of this statement. Investigations into the sources of these rumors have been few, and then, considering the fact that Miss Van Lew was very secretive about her actions during the War Between the States, there is not much material left at the late date to reconstruct the story of her operations. However, from what material could be located, several points have been brought to light which should prove conclusively that Miss Van Lew was an agent of the Union and furnished the Federal Army information, the damaging extent of which to the Confederacy, will probably never be know.

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