Focus on La Porte History

Photo of Book Display of La Porte History MaterialsThis month in the adult non-fiction area we are highlighting materials about the history of La Porte and the surrounding area. La Porte has a rich history with interesting people. 

One lesser-known figure is Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye who was a spy for the Union army during the Civil War. She dressed as a Confederate soldier and went by the name Frank Thompson. After the war, she married Linus Seelye and settled in La Porte in 1867. They had three children. In 1897, Sarah Emma Edmonds Seelye was admitted into the Grand Army of the Republic as the only woman member. She died on September 5, 1898, at her home in La Porte. She was re-buried in 1901 with military honors at Washington Cemetery in Houston, TX.

To learn more about this fascinating story see books such as Behind Rebel Lines: The Incredible Story of Emma Edmonds, Civil War Spy by Seymour Reit; Frank Thompson: Her Civil War Story by Bryna Stevens; and A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss.

For a DVD see: Full Metal Corset: Secret Soldiers of the Civil War by Indigo Films for The History Channel.

The library also has files of newspaper clippings on La Porte history which are available to be read in the library.