The Secret Service


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Albert Richardson was a reporter for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune when he volunteered to hazard an undercover journey through the American south, reporting incognito on the growing secession crisis in that region. With the outbreak of the Civil War in April 1861, he attached himself to the Union armies as a war correspondent, sending dispatches from the fields of battle for the next two years. Then, in May 1863, while attempting to pass a Confederate battery outside Vicksburg, Richardson found himself thrown from a burning barge into the Mississippi River, swimming for his life with a squad of Union soldiers and several other reporters. Captured as a prisoner, he was at first confident that as a civilian newspaperman he would be quickly exchanged. Instead, he was to spend the next 18 months in various prisoner of war camps. Seizing at last an opportunity for escape, he set out to cross the snowy Appalachians in the dead of winter, heading for Union lines in Tennessee, assisted by a secret network of slaves, Unionists, and bushwhackers. Albert Richardson’s own personal memoir of his wartime adventures, published in 1865, offers readers a rousing historical narrative presented with a journalist’s eye for detail. (Summary by Maria Kasper) (16 hr 19 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 26:34 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 2 23:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 3 30:19 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 4 26:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 5 20:10 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 6 21:11 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 7 27:12 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 8 40:25 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 9 31:11 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 10 20:19 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 11 12:43 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 12 32:24 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 13 16:08 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 14 18:48 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 15 21:46 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 16 28:45 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 17 24:09 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 18 18:15 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 19 14:53 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 20 8:02 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 21 22:03 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 22 32:19 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 23 26:01 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 24 24:58 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 25 21:39 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 26 29:51 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 27 19:53 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 28 19:17 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 29 18:38 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 30 15:59 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 31 14:55 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 32 14:58 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 33 11:22 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 34 12:18 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 35 16:32 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 36 19:48 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 37 15:16 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 38 17:22 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 39 16:36 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 40 11:56 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 41 15:00 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 42 22:08 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 43 14:27 Read by Maria Kasper
Chapter 44 15:35 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 45 20:41 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 46 15:36 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 47 15:38 Read by Greg Giordano
Chapter 48 13:02 Read by Greg Giordano
A Song for the Nameless Heroine by B. R. Hanby 2:31 Read by Greg Giordano