Spies and Espionage

Revolutionary war

Madeline Vaughan January 13, 2014 Block B

Benedict arnold

Benedict Arnold was a general on the Colonist's side. Some things that the congress did made Benedict very angry and he decided to join the side of the British. He did not get the recognition he thought he deserved when fighting the British. Benedict was close to some important people on the Patriot's side so this made him useful to the British. Benedict was doing very well until his messenger was found carrying a letter to the British General and he was beheaded. Benedict escaped before he was found and he left on the ship his messenger was supposed to go on. When he arrived in London he was given reward money. He was unable to get a job, and he did not have enough money to live. He died in 1801.

Lydia Darragh

Soldiers were quartered at the Darragh household. One night the top British officers held a conference for battle plans. Lydia, the home owner's wife, secretly took notes on what they said, hid them in a book and took them to Elias Boudinot, a local on the American side, who sent the news to American headquarters. Afterwards when they accused her of spying she lied and said she was asleep when this happened. They believed her. She died in 1789.

Nathan hale

Nathan Hale was a solider who volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission. He was spying. Nathan was not the best spy. Hale spent about one week pretending to be a school teacher, and obtaining any information he could. A boat arrived at Oaster Bay (a planned meeting point) and Hale flagged it down only to find it was a British ship. Nathan fled. He was later found and sentenced to be hanged. He died in 1776.




George Washington papers at the library of congress (1741- 1799)

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