From Eileen Effrat
Author: Brian Kilmeade
Title: George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution
George Washington was astute enough to realize he could not beat the British with manpower and arms. Following his experiences in the French & Indian Wars, Washington decided to set up a network of spies to provide timely information in anticipation of British military moves. This covert group of 6 agents displayed fearlessness and leadership. They risked their lives for a cause they believed in. The Culper Spy ring included-
*Robert Townsend—-Quaker merchant
*Austin Roe—-tavern keeper
*Caleb Brewster—-longshoreman who ferried between Long Island and Connecticut
*Abraham Woodhull—Long Island businessman with connections to Manhattan
*James Rivington—-Manhattan coffeehouse owner and print shop owner
*Agent 355—- a female socialite whose identity remains unknown.
Kilmeade, in his research, demonstrates how the Culper Ring was VERY instrumental in preventing Benedict Arnold from handing over West Point to the British. I think a comment from a British intelligence officier sums up the importance of the Culper Spy Ring best—-“Washington did not really outfight the British, he simply outspied us!”.