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Yankee Reporters and Southern Secrets

Journalism, Open Source Intelligence, and the Coming of the Civil War

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Michael Fuhlhage

Yankee Reporters and Southern Secrets: Journalism, Open Source Intelligence, and the Coming of the Civil War reveals the evidence of secessionist conspiracy that appeared in American newspapers from the end of the 1860 presidential campaign to just before the first major battle of the American Civil War. This book tells the story of the Yankee reporters who risked their lives by going undercover in hostile places that became the Confederate States of America. By observing the secession movement and sending reports for publication in Northern newspapers, they armed the Union with intelligence about the enemy that civil and military leaders used to inform their decisions in order to contain damage and answer the movement to break the Union apart and establish a separate slavery-based nation in the South.

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contents List of Illustrations vii Preface ix Acknowledgments xv Section I. The Union’s Intelligence Void 1 Chapter 1. Introduction: News as an Intelligence Subsidy 3 Chapter 2. The Role of Actionable Intelligence on the Road to Fort Sumter 19 Cha...

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