Revolutionary War Spies Analysis

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Spies are not all polished and suave like those seen on television. Most of the time these men and women blend in with society and they often do not get a chance to finish their missions. Modern spies gained popularity during the Revolutionary War. Some of the more well know spies were Nathan Hale, Hercules Mulligan, Catto-- Mulligan’s slave, Benjamin Tallmadge, Anna Strong, and James Armistead Lafayette from the patriot’s side; popular British spies included Benedict Arnold, John Andre, and Ann Bates (Nagy). These people, among other spies, played big roles in the Revolution. Together, Hercules Mulligan, who tailored the clothes and gathered the secrets of many British officers, and Cato saved George Washington’s life on two separate occasions. Mulligan is widely regarded as possibly the most consequential spy of the Revolution. Some argue that Nathan Hale, rather than Mulligan is actually the most important spy who served in the the revolution. …show more content…
In Andre’s possession at the time were incriminating documents detailing Arnold’s involvement with the British. Andre was tried and hanged while Arnold and his wife fled to safety; Arnold was never given all of the promised rewards, but later became a British General ( Staff. Benedict). Benedict Arnold accomplished the antithesis of his goals, as the news of his treachery energized and inspired the weary Continental Troops.
Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold were just two of many spies in the Revolutionary War who, intentionally or unintentionally, helped the patriots. Without the information and inspiration from spies, the Continental Army and the patriots’ cause may have been eliminated. It is because of the efforts of these men, among others, that the Continental troops were galvanized into continuing and growing the espionage movement and fighting the war for America’s