Espionage, the practice of spying, held a major part in the victory of the Union and the defeat of the Confederates. Men and women spies became widely known for their spying. The plot to burn New York became a major event in the loss of the Confederates. And Civil War ciphers became the form of transferring messages between spies and officers.
Spies of the war were both men and women. Most of these spies became
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who all later became known as the sacred three, cracked the Cipher.
During and after the Civil War the men and women spies became well known for their spying tactics. With just a few different approaches the plot to burn New York could have saved the Confederacy from a major loss, and if only the Confederates would have changed a few key phrases they could have won the most devastating war in our nations history.