Washington’s First Spy Ring
Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
For Evacuation Day, J. L. Bell of Boston1775.net speaks on intelligence and counterintelligence in the siege of Boston.
As soon as he arrived in Cambridge in July 1775, Gen. George Washington started to gather intelligence on the British army inside Boston, paying someone £100 to go into the occupied town and send out reports. Washington kept that person’s names out of his own records, and the spy has never been named. However, other documents allow us to identify the person, and to see what Washington discovered in October—that his first spy ring had been infiltrated by British agents from the start.
Bell is completing a study for the National Park Service on Gen. Washington’s service in Cambridge, most of which he spent at what is now Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.
On the afternoon before this talk, at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00, National Park rangers will lead tours of Longfellow House focused on its history as Gen. George Washington’s headquarters from July 1775 to April 1776.
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Friends of the Longfellow House
The Friends of the Longfellow House is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the activities of Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and promoting knowledge of the cultural and historic resources available there.