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  • Edith Eldridge, daughter of Colonel Eldridge, disguises herself as a boy to enlist with her two brothers in the Confederate array. Her identity is discovered and she is rejected. Federal raiders ransack and burn the Eldridge home, and kill Edith's father. Enos and Mammy, faithful slaves, save Edith's life. To avenge the murder, Edith turns spy for the Confederates. With Enos she goes through the swamps to the headquarters of General Johnson. The general pleads with her to give up her perilous undertaking, but she insists. Entering the Union lines, she arrives alone near the quarters of Lieut. Phillips. She feigns illness and the officer carries the seemingly prostrate girl to quarter, where she confides her to the wife of an officer. Edith's story is plausible, and she is allowed to remain. Slowly, but surely, Lieut. Phillips is falling in love with her. Enos is captured. Edith aids him to get work around the quarters. She plans to secure the outline map of the Union fortifications, entrusted to Lieut. Phillips. By betraying her faith she secures them and makes her escape. She is pursued and wounded, but reaches the Confederate lines. As a result of the information the Confederates make an immediate attack. During the battle Edith sees both of her brothers fall, and witnesses the danger of the Confederate ammunition wagons. Climbing into the seat of an ammunition wagon, whose driver has been shot, she attempts to cross the stream with it. The Confederates are repulsed, and Lieut. Phillips captures Edith, takes her back to the Union camp as a prisoner. Enos learns she will meet the fate of a spy. The old negro decides to appeal to President Lincoln. He steals away in the night. Upon reaching Washington, Enos is first denied admittance to the White House, but on the following day is allowed to plead for the life of his mistress. His story touches Lincoln's heart and the president wires General Thomas to suspend execution and send the girl to him. The message arrives in the nick of time, and Lieutenant Phillips is selected to take the prisoner to Washington. Edith is bitter in her prejudice and heaps invectives on the president's head when she comes before him. Nevertheless he pardons her. She is taken away by Lieutenant Phillips, who tells her to go where she will, as she is free. Edith remains in Washington, and Enos becomes man-of-all-work at her boarding place. She works as a seamstress. She treasures a picture given her many months before by Lieut. Phillips. Wise old Enos brings her a newspaper in which she reads an article concerning the president's plans to attend Ford's Theater and witness the performance of Our American Cousin. The article states that Lieut. Phillips, in company with Gen. Grant and his wife are expected as the president's guests. Edith, hoping that the Phillips mentioned is her Northern lover, scrapes her savings together and with the aid of Enos' coppers, attends the play. All cheer when the presidential party enter the box. During the play Edith watches the box intently. She sees a man glide along toward the president. A shot is fired. President Lincoln's head falls quietly on his breast and his arms to his side. In the uproar that follows Edith hastens out and to her lodgings, where the wounded president is brought and placed in Edith's bed. Lieut. Phillips assists Mrs. Lincoln from the room and turns her over to a woman. He recognizes her. It is Edith. Back in the room with the dying man, they stand with clasped hands as Abraham Lincoln closes his eyes on this earthly world. Sometime later Enos apprises Mammy that he is back and well, and with him is Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Phillips. -- Moving Picture World synopsis

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