Beautiful, vivacious and fearless, Agnes Leclerc was 21 years old when she met Prince Felix Salm, a Prussian officer in the Union Army at the outbreak of the US Civil War. Their marriage took Agnes from small-town America to the royal palaces of Europe. She accompanied Felix on his Civil War campaigns, followed him to Mexico to fight for Emperor Maximilian, then returned home to his ancestral castle in Germany and war with France. Presidents, governors and generals succumbed to her charms. She pleaded with the implacable Benito Juarez for Maximilian's life and the German Kaiser honoured her for her heroism during the Franco-Prussian War. Although Felix's life was cut short in 1870, Agnes lived out the rest of her life as a stately European aristocrat.
Robert N. White was born in Boston and educated at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of 'A River in Spain: Discovering the Duero Valley in Old Castile' and editor of 'An Inquisitive Eye'(both I.B.Tauris).
Illustrations and Maps Preface The Civil War 1. The Romance Begins 2. The Germans and Ludwig Blenker 3. The 8th New York Infantry Volunteers 4. The 68th New York Infantry Volunteers 5. Brigadier General Felix Prince Salm Notes Mexico 6. Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico 7. Queretaro 8. Agnes Goes on the Offensive 9. The Prisoners 10. Felix Rescued Notes Germany 11. Settling In 12. Back in Service 13. The Franco-Prussian War Epilogue - The Later Years Notes Bibliography Index