Thomas B. Allen

Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent

It's 1863. Harriet Tubman is facing her greatest challenge. She has survived her master's lash, escaped from slavery, and risked her life countless times to lead runaway slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. Now she has a new role: Unio Spy!
She is about to lead Union warships on a raid up a river deep in Confederate territory. Success depends upon the intelligence she and her black spies have gathered. Failure means death by hanging.

This is the hidden war inside the Civil War--the daring work of African Americans who spied for the Union. It is a world of danger, of "Black Dispatches," of secret codes, and "The Secret Six."


page 12: Harriet also worked for the Union army as a cook and a nurse.

page 22: As a child, Harriet learned how to identify the North Star.

page 47: Frederick Douglass was also a champion of women’s rights.

page 63: It took the jury only 45 minutes to convict John Brown.

page 79: The Confederacy created its own flag, currency, and stamps.

page 89: Mobs in Baltimore called themselves Vigilance Committees.

page 92: Some people called Benjamin Butler Beast Butler.

page 101: After the war Elizabeth was postmaster of Richmond. *

*There is a missing number. The "s" (#24 below) is missing in "postmaster."

Answer: (53 (a), 45 (f), 65 (t), 11 (e), 61 (r), 65 (t), 62 (h), 11 (e), 34 (w), 53 (a), 61 (r), 11 (e), 51 (l), 55 (i), 22 (z), 53 (a), 66 (b), 11 (e), 65 (t), 62 (h), 34 (w), 53 (a),[ 24 (s)], 41 (p), 43 (o), 24 (s), 65 (t), 13 (m), 53 (a), 24 (s), 65 (t), 11 (e), 61(r), 43 (o), 45 (f), 61 (r), 55 (i), 42 (c), 62 (h), 13 (m), 43 (o), 63 (n), 54 (d)

Selected Works

Gone from the Mount Vernon Library since 1858, a great treasure is back—and begins a new life in an exquisite reproduction.
The fascinating story of the 1844 presidential campaign of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism.
A History of the Loyalists in the American Revolution. An accompanying book is The Loyalist Corps: Americans in Service of the King (co-author Todd W. Braisted)
How the North Used Technology to Win the Civil War. (Co-author Roger MacBride Allen)
A great American survival story that begins on a trail of defeat and ends when General George Washington leads a new army out of Valley Forge, heading toward victory.
An exciting narrative about daring slaves and free blacks who spied for the Union during the Civil War.
Because Washington was a great spymaster, the Americans outspied the British and won the Revolutionary War.
"Spy Book" is the definitive reference to the secret world of dead drops, code names, double agents, and black projects.
Culled from archives around the world, 50 documents illuminate the secret and often inaccessible stories of agents, espionage, and behind-the-scenes events that covertly changed history.
The saga of determined World War I veterans, from their historic march on Washington in 1932 to their legacy, the GI Bill, in 1944.
A day-by-day account of the real exorcism on which the movie “The Exorcist” was based.
Non-Fiction, ages 10 to 14
A compelling narrative laced with first-person accounts from both American and Japanese survivors.
A List of Books and Articles
by Thomas B. Allen