Dear Ellen Bee: A Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies by Mary E. Lyons & Muriel M. Branch.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster: NY, 2000.

Written in diary/scrapbook format, this novel seeks to round out the story of Elizabeth Van Lew and her freed slave Liza, who worked as a team passing Confederate information to Union troops hoping to ensure a speedy end to the Civil War. It is a fascinating portrayal of 2 women who have been credited for the importance of their assistance.

The real Elizabeth Van Lew did keep a scrapbook and diary, but much of the diary has been lost. Mary Elizabeth Bower (Liza) also kept an album which referred to a man named Davis (Jefferson Davis, who she worked for incognito), but it is believed to have been thrown away accidentally.

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