The Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy Ring

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The Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy Ring

The Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy Ring

  • Title: The Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy Ring
  • Author: Charles River Editors
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  • Page: 498
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Includes pictures Includes correspondence between the spy ring and explains the results of their activities Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading Includes a table of contents After the siege of Boston forced the British to evacuate that city in March 1776, Continental Army commander George Washington suspected that the British would move by s Includes pictures Includes correspondence between the spy ring and explains the results of their activities Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading Includes a table of contents After the siege of Boston forced the British to evacuate that city in March 1776, Continental Army commander George Washington suspected that the British would move by sea to New York City, the next logical target in an attempt to end a colonial insurrection He thus rushed his army south to defend the city Washington guessed correctly, but it would be to no avail Unlike Boston, New York City s terrain featured few defensible positions The city lacked a high point from which to launch a siege, as the peninsula of Boston was fortunate to have Moreover, Washington wasn t sure defending the city was necessary, hoping that an expedition launched toward Quebec like the one Benedict Arnold had led in late 1775 would keep the British away from New York anyway However, Congress thought otherwise, and demanded that Washington defend New York Washington thus did what he was told, and it nearly resulted in the army s demise In the summer of 1776, the British conducted the largest amphibious expedition in North America s history at the time, landing over 20,000 troops on Long Island British General William Howe, who had led the British at Bunker Hill and would later become commander in chief of the armies in North America, easily captured Staten Island, which Washington was incapable of defending without a proper navy Washington s army attempted to fight, but Washington was badly outmaneuvered, and his army was nearly cut off from escape The withdrawal across New York City was enormously disorderly, with many of Washington s troops so scared that they deserted Others were sick as a result of the dysentery and smallpox plaguing the Continental Army in New York In what was arguably the worst defeat of the Revolution, Washington was ashamed, and he also felt betrayed, by both his troops and Congress However, unbeknownst to nearly everyone, Washington had some men remain active in New York City the now famous Culper Ring, one of the Revolution s first major intelligence efforts The ring consisted mostly of a group of civilians in and around New York City who spied on the British forces and Loyalist Americans and reported what they saw and overheard ultimately to Washington, who took a personal, hands on approach to their management After modern histories brought their story fully to light, these spies have since become the subject with the historical facts somewhat altered of a recent hit television show, Turn Washington s Spies Without question, the relatively little known clandestine actions of these patriotic men and women contributed to the eventual victory of the long struggle for American independence, and several good books cover part or all of the history of the Culper Ring However, the main sources consist of the correspondence, much of which has somehow survived, between the members of the ring and their military handlers Like other spy tales, theirs is a story of courage fraught with constant suspense at being found out and facing a caught spy s usual fate of imprisonment and execution Indeed, around the time the ring was being organized, America s most famous spy, Nathan Hale, had been caught with maps of British positions on Long Island in his possession and had been summarily hanged The Culper Ring The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War s Most Famous Spy Ring profiles the members of the ring and their activities Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Culper Ring like never before, in no time at all.


Recent Comments "The Culper Ring: The History and Legacy of the Revolutionary War’s Most Famous Spy Ring"

This was a great overview of a very interesting spy group. Full of first-hand accounts and solid facts, I found it a better starting place than most to learn about this amazing group. I recommend this to those who love history

If your a fan of spy/espionage novels written by great authors like Clancy, Thor, Baldacci, Lynds then this book is for you. The big difference is this one is real! The secret meetings, dead-drops, surveillance and tradecraft predates the CIA, KGB and MI-6. These spies weren’t James Bond or Jason Bourne, they were everyday colonists who were willing to put everything on the line for freedom and liberty.

I have read several books on spying in the Revolution. This is a short overview of the Culpeper Ring which operated in and around NYC and is fictionalized on AMC’s Turn. Good overview of the members of the ring the function they performed for General Washington and how thy operated. Found it interesting in the afterword that almost every member of the ring lived into their late 70’s or 80’s extremely unusual for the early 1800’s.

This short book was informative, but poorly edited. There were several spelling and grammatical errors for a book with less than 50 pages. The information and its delivery was well done - I read this one night while unable to sleep. Also, it contains links and references to other resources if you wish to continue learning about the subject.

InterestingA great source as a companion for the show Turn on Netflix. I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked the show. I have never been very interested in that time period. Now, I can't get can't get enough about the American Revolution. This book gave the facts behind the show. I'm glad that I read it. It was short and to the point.

Informative I love history and this book has insight to the spies of the revolutionary war. I had watched Turn, the tv drama about Culper and wanted to know more about the real story behind the show. This book was very informative on that level.

InterestingGood bit of quick reading. If you like history or like the revolutionary war you will enjoy reading this book.

Nice readGood to get the historical side of the show. Easy to read, but not as in depth as I thought it would be.

The Culper RingI thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have been reading the 14th Colony by Steve Berry. Steve Berry talks a lot about Benjamin Talmadge. I wanted to learn more about Benjamin so I downloaded his memoirs. In so doing I came across this book. I am so glad that I did. This is a very interesting read. Washington was the great spy master. He put Benjamin Talmadge in charge of the Culper spy ring. I really enjoyed each of the six main says purpose. It was interesting the code names and numb [...]

This book provides information on George Washington's spies during the Revolutionary War. It shows how the Culper Ring members were active in providing Washington information needed to prevent loss of life. Much of the book covers who the spies were and letters back and forth to Washington. It shows the difficulty in getting the information and Washington's frustration of not getting the details.

A short introduction to the Culper Ring and the main figures of it. My only problem was my version had no picture where it said picture were to be found. Still it was informative reading.

No headlineThis book only scratches at the surface of the topic and could be considered a graduate thesis project. It left you wanting more depth.

After watching the AMC Series, "Turn", it's really interesting to see where some liberties were taken and a light was shone on some of the personalities further.


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