by Janelle Pavao
Both the British and the Americans sent Revolutionary War spies over to the other's camps to discover what secrets they could.
There were many spies that were never discovered and to this day we do not know who they were. Most of those we do know are known thanks to the meticulous record-keeping of Sir Henry Clinton, British commander of the forces in America.
I cannot tell you the lives or stories of those unknown spies, because, like I said, they are unknown, but I can tell you about those we do know ...
Those are the men, but Revolutionary War women played a large role as spies as well. Foolishly, American men assumed that women were too simple to understand complex military strategy, so they spoke freely as British spies mingled among them disguised as peddlers or pretending to search for a father or brother.
Our knowledge of these is limited, as many were not caught, but those we do know include ...
When you hear the word spy you may think of people in black masks and hoods like you see in the movies. This is not how these spies operated. They led normal lives and blended in with society, which is how they got the job done.
Many of these Revolutionary War spies are also heroes, whose bravery we can aspire to.