Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution

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It is used as the guide for RevQuest at Colonial Williamsburg. There will be one winner drawn at each lecture. During the American Revolution, espionage was critical to the successes and failures of both Continental and British efforts, and those employed in cloak and- dagger operations always risked death. While the most notorious episode of spying during the war—the Benedict Arnold affair—was a failure, most intelligence operations succeeded.

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Spycraft was no more wholly embraced than by the American commander-in-chief, George Washington. Washington relied on a vast spy network and personally designed sophisticated battle plan deceptions and counterintelligence efforts, some surprisingly modern in form. Nagy briefly traces the history of spy techniques from ancient China through Elizabethan England before embarking on the various techniques used by spies on both sides of the war to exchange secret information.

Throughout, the author provides examples of the various codes and ciphers employed, many of which have not been previously described. In addition, the author analyzes some of the key spy rings operating during the war, most notably the Culper ring that provided information to Washington from inside British controlled New York City.

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