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Stony Brook University buys letter from George Washington to local spy ring
Revolutionary war letter, in which George Washington explains what rewards spy Robert Townsend will receive after the war, turned out to be worth $48,000.

Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy by M. William Phelps (Book review)
Using Nathan Hale`s own writings, letters from his friends, and a diary discovered in 2000, this new book tracks subject`s life from his childhood to his death at the hands of British soldiers.

Simon Girty Turncoat Hero: The Most Hated Man on the Early American Frontier (book review)
The Frontier warfare was not just an East Coast war, it was also about the British attempt to control the West by joining with Indian tribes to keep American settlers from pouring to the West Coast.

A child spy: Springfield settler aided George Washington
Ariel Bradley was 9yo when he served George Washington, who, in 1776 before the Battle of White Plains, was eager for info about the enemy`s position, but the men he sent on reconnaissance missions hadn`t returned.

The Culper Spy Ring   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The existence of the "Culper Spy Ring" - referring to the aliases given its agents, Woodhull: Samuel Culper and Townsend: Samuel Culper Jr. - was known to only a few: the spy ring`s organizer Benjamin Tallmadge and George Washington.

Revolutionary War spy - a slave James Armistead
Wars are rarely fought without the use of spies and the American Revolution was no exception. Arguably, the most important spy was a slave James Armistead. Born around 1748, he was given permission to join the revolutionary cause. Armistead, however, was used by both sides, making him a double-agent. In 1781, he joined the army and was put in service under the Marquis de Lafayette, who was trying to fight the chaos caused by turncoat soldier Benedict Arnold. His forces diminished by British General Charles Cornwallis' troops, Lafayette needed reliable information about enemy movements.