The Friends of Handley Regional Library and Winchester Frederick County Historical Society are please to sponsor author Corey Recko for a talk about his book A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster. The event will take place Wednesday, April 16th at the Handley Regional Library.
Timothy Webster, best known for his spy work for the Union during the Civil War, began his career as a New York City policeman. In the mid-1850s he left the police department and took a job with the newly formed Pinkerton detective agency. While he worked with the Pinkerton’s he was a part of a small group that uncovered a plot to assassinate then President-elect Abraham Lincoln in 1861. Webster went on to serve as a spy during the Civil War. He traveled to the Confederate Capital multiple times. He provided much data in his reports of the number of troops stationed in and near Winchester for General McClellan, who was concerned with defense of Washington DC. Webster was the top Union spy for a time, but his career came to an abrupt end when, in 1862, he was betrayed by fellow spies and became the first spy executed in the Civil War.
Author Corey Recko will be available to sign books and books will be available for purchase. Corey has published several books and many articles on historical topics for magazines and historical journals. While researching the Pinkerton agency, he discovered the largely forgotten story of agent Timothy Webster.