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The Southern spy--or, as Harrison preferred to be called, "scout"-- faced the prime danger that all spies face if exposed: the possibility of execution. Harrison must have realized this, but for him, his mission was an exciting one, similar to others he had undertaken for Gen. Longstreet before. Being a former actor, Harrison was uniquely prepared for the unexpected, and he had prepared his role thoroughly. He pretended to be a "simple-minded farmer seeking a runaway wife, terrified of soldiers." Harrison had secured the locations of all seven Federal infantry corps, and he had made his way through the enemy pickets before finally locating Longstreet's headquarters. Harrison seemed particularly excited to have the chance to meet Gen. Lee, telling him that is was "an honor and a priv--" before being cut off by Longstreet.
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