Essay on George Washington 's Secret Six

1000 Words Jul 8th, 2015 4 Pages
In George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger use letters and other primary sources to piece together the story of the Culper Spy Ring, and the identities of the members. This book that reads like an exciting spy action movie, tells all about how the course of history was changed by General Washington’s battle of wits against the British forces. The authors tell us this story to make their point crystal clear: Without the Culper Spy Ring, we would’ve lost the America Revolution.
Before the technological advances of the modern era, wartime espionage was a lot different. George Washington’s Secret Six, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, sheds some light on the incredibly important yet little-known story of six ordinary people who successfully spied on the British forces, helping General George Washington reclaim New York City.
Soon after the George Washington was forced to retreat from New York City in the Revolutionary War, he decided that they were outmatched in almost every way, so he had to outsmart the enemy instead. A young man named Nathan Hale volunteered to be the first to go on an espionage mission, infiltrating British-occupied Long Island. He failed miserably, and was hanged. After this, Washington realized that one outsider could never get away with such a delicate mission- he needed a whole network of locals.
The Culper Spy Ring started in 1778, with Benjamin Tallmadge, a major in Washington’s…

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