George Washington's Secret Spy War

George Washington's Secret Spy War

The Making of America's First Spymaster

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Reveals how George Washington, a Virginia farmer, became one of the 18th centuryÆs greatest, and AmericaÆs first, spymaster.

McMillan Palgrave

George Washington was America’s first spymaster, and his skill as a spymaster won the war for independence.

George Washington’s Secret Spy War is the untold story of how George Washington took a disorderly, ill-equipped rabble and defeated the best trained and best equipped army of its day in the Revolutionary War. Author John A. Nagy has become the nation’s leading expert on the subject, discovering hundreds of spies who went behind enemy lines to gather intelligence during the American Revolution, many of whom are completely unknown to most historians.

Using George Washington’s diary as the primary source, Nagy tells the story of Washington’s experiences during the French and Indian War and his first steps in the field of espionage. Despite what many believe, Washington did not come to the American Revolution completely unskilled in this area of warfare. Espionage was a skill he honed during the French and Indian war and upon which he heavily depended during the Revolutionary War. He used espionage to level the playing field and then exploited it on to final victory.

Filled with thrilling and never-before-told stories from the battlefield and behind enemy lines, this is the story of how Washington out-spied the British. For the first time, readers will discover how espionage played a major part in the American Revolution and why Washington was a master at orchestrating it.

& Taylor

Reveals how George Washington became one of the eighteenth century's greatest, and America's first, spymaster, describing how he honed his espionage skills during the French and Indian War and exploited them during the Revolution.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781250096814
Branch Call Number: 973.38 NAG 2016
Characteristics: pages cm


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" Hunter could not be sure that his espionage work for the Americans had been kept a secret from General Benedict Arnold. In consequence when General Arnold went over to the British, Hunter stopped his secret service work. He then moved from Bedford to Pound Ridge." " ' John Jay provide Washington with invisible ink and a reagent which he received from his brother James Jay.' " " ' British General Henry Clinton, commander in chief of British forces in North America 1778-1782.' " " ' British General Charles Cornwallis, who surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia.' " "During the Petit Guerre, Washinton did not have major battles to fight but did have little incidents that required his attention to limit the damage. The enemy was trying to use Americans who decided to pledge allegiance to the Crown. Not every traitor was a general such as Benedict Arnold or a key administrator such as Dr. Benjamin Church Jr., who was director of the Continental Army's Hospital Department; there were others of lesser rank." " ' Fake letter from General Howe to General Burgoyne intended to deceive Washington, George.' "


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