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George Washington's Secret Six

The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution

By Brian Kilmeade

“As a Long Islander endlessly fascinated by events that happened in a place I call home, I hope with this book to give the secret six the credit they didn’t get in life. The Culper spies represent all the patriotic Americans who give so much for their country but, because of the nature of their work, will not or cannot take a bow or even talk about their missions.”


—Brian Kilmeade




When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied—thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring.




Washington realized that he couldn’t beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members’ identities that one spy’s name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring’s activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war.




Drawing on extensive research, Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have painted compelling portraits of George Washington’s secret six:






Robert Townsend, the reserved Quaker merchant and reporter who headed the Culper Ring, keeping his identity secret even from Washington;

Austin Roe, the tavern keeper who risked his employment and his life in order to protect the mission;

Caleb Brewster, the brash young longshoreman who loved baiting the British and agreed to ferry messages between Connecticut and New York;

Abraham Woodhull, the curmudgeonly (and surprisingly nervous) Long Island bachelor with business and family excuses for traveling to Manhattan;

James Rivington, the owner of a posh coffeehouse and print shop where high-ranking British officers gossiped about secret operations;

Agent 355, a woman whose identity remains unknown but who seems to have used her wit and charm to coax officers to share vital secrets.






In George Washington’s Secret Six, Townsend and his fellow spies finally receive their due, taking their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781595231031


Format: Book
Author: Kilmeade, Brian
Title: George Washington's secret six : the spy ring that saved the American Revolution / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.
Publisher Date: New York, New York : Sentinel, 2013.
Subject: Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Friends and associates. Townsend, Robert, 1753-1838. Spies -- United States -- History -- 18th century. Spies -- New York (State) -- History -- 18th century. United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Secret service. New York (State) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Secret service.
Isbn: 9781595231031 159523103X 159523103X 9781595231031
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Call Number: 973.41092 Kil
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Format: Book
Author: Kilmeade, Brian.
Title: George Washington's secret six : the spy ring that saved the American Revolution / Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.
Publisher, Date: New York, New York : Sentinel, 2013.
Description: xviii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Friends and associates.
Subjects: Townsend, Robert, 1753-1838.
Subjects: Spies -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Subjects: Spies -- New York (State) -- History -- 18th century.
Subjects: United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Secret service.
Subjects: New York (State) -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Secret service.
Other Author: Yaeger, Don.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Hold New York, win the war -- The need for a spy ring -- Launching the ring -- Crossing the sound -- The ring springs into action -- Townsend joins the fight -- Creating a code -- Mounting tensions and double-dealings -- Washington demands more -- The French connection -- Benedict and Peggy -- Negotiations and treachery -- The deal is done -- Another spy at the gallows -- The ring in peril -- The beginning of the end -- Retaking New York at last -- Life after the ring.
LCCN: 2013032285
ISBN: 9781595231031
ISBN: 159523103X
ISBN: 159523103X
ISBN: 9781595231031
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 17
Call Number: 973.41092 Kil