American world war two era spies see also: category:world war ii spies for the united states and category:american people convicted of spying for nazi germany further information: duquesne spy ring.
This is a list of spies who engaged in direct espionage it includes americans spying against their own country and people spying on behalf of america. Learn about the important role that espionage played during the revolutionary war and george washington’s role as one of our nation's first spymasters both the british and american forces during the revolutionary war employed a wide range of spy networks and spycraft to gain critical information about the other side. African american spies in the american revolution african americans contributed a lot to the spy networks of general washington and the continental army in the american revolution one of the most famous african american spies is james armistead.
During early fighting with the taliban, an official photograph showed american special operations soldiers riding into battle on horseback the picture revealed the austere military environment in afghanistan it also provided a link to the secret side of the revolutionary war. During the revolutionary war, spies for both england and america obtained and transmitted information about troop movement, supplies, fortifications, and political maneuvers loyalists in america (or tories as they were often called) were happy to provide secret information to the crown. Spies in the continental capital: espionage across pennsylvania during the american revolution 2011 isbn 159416133x nagy, john a dr benjamin church, spy: a case of espionage on the eve of the american revolution 2013 isbn 978-1-59416-184-1 misencik, paul r the original american spies: seven covert agents of the revolutionary war (mcfarland publishing, 2013.
On november 7, 1775, the continental congress added the death penalty for espionage to the articles of war methods of espionage like modern secret agents, american and british spies during the american revolution used a number of methods for hiding and transmitting information, including invisible ink, secret codes, and blind drops. The men who led the american revolution—george washington, sam and john adams, benjamin franklin, thomas jefferson, ethan allen, and countless others—are well-known but a number of women.
Hale’s death illustrated the grave dangers inherent in spying for the rebels during the revolutionary war, especially in the british stronghold of new york meanwhile, benjamin tallmadge, a young cavalry officer from setauket, had enlisted in the continental army when the american revolution began in 1775 and was soon awarded the rank of major. Although we usually think of intelligence in terms of spies and espionage activities, most information of value to military operations during the revolution came from what we now call open-source material: newspapers, rumors, gossip, quizzing casual observers or passers-by.
Famous revolutionary war spies everyone knows who benjamin franklin is, but did you know he was a spy during the war for independence nathan hale—one of the most famous american spies and whose only regret was that he had but one life to give for my country,— had but one assignment as a spy. Learn more about some of the spies that aided the patriot cause during the american revolution nathan hale during the battle of long island, nathan hale--a captain in the continental army--volunteered to go behind enemy lines in disguise to report back on british troop movements.