Stephen E. Towne

Stephen E. Towne is an associate university archivist at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. He is the editor of A Fierce, Wild Joy: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Edward J. Wood, 48th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

Listed in: American Civil War · Ohio and Regional · History · American History · Military History

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Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War · Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America’s Heartland
By Stephen E. Towne

Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War represents pathbreaking research on the rise of U.S. Army intelligence operations in the Midwest during the American Civil War and counters long-standing assumptions about Northern politics and society.

“Built on impressive research, Stephen Towne’s Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War reveals the very real danger posed by pro-Confederate Copperheads and other disloyal secret societies in the Old Northwest during the Civil War. In a fascinating and in-depth look at antiwar subversion in the Midwest, he painstakingly illustrates how the government, specifically the U.S. Army, monitored treasonous activities and prevented outbreaks of violence aimed at subverting the Union war effort and sowing political dissent against the Lincoln administration. Towne’s study convincingly argues that Copperheads and other subversive factions were not merely impotent fringe groups but truly dangerous provocateurs whose threat to Northern internal security was more real than imagined.”

William B. Feis, coauthor of For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607 to 2012




Indiana’s War · The Civil War in Documents
Edited by Richard F. Nation and Stephen E. Towne

Indiana’s War is a primary source collection featuring the writings of Indiana’s citizens during the Civil War era. Using private letters, official records, newspaper articles, and other original sources, the volume presents the varied experiences of Indiana’s participants in the war both on the battlefield and on the home front.

“Editors Nation and Towne, both superbly qualified, have produced a volume which should be required in any college course in nineteenth-century Indiana history. The book is also a must for readers interested in the Civil War or Indiana history. They will find excellent introductions to each chapter and a fascinating variety of original documents, each with informative annotation. Highly recommended.”

Dawn Bakken, Associate Editor, Indiana Magazine of History