George Washington was in need of good intelligence after he evacuated the Continental Army from New York City in September 1776. His disastrous loss at the Battle of Long Island in Brooklyn on August 27-28, 1776 and subsequent defeats north of the city forced him to retreat with his soldiers to New Jersey and eventually to Pennsylvania. The British controlled New York, particularly the downstate area and Long Island, where Loyalists were in the majority. The Culper Spy Ring was created on Long Island in 1778 by then-Dragoon Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Setauket, under Washington's leadership. This colorful PowerPoint presentation reveals how the five "Culpers" gathered information about British military activity on Long Island and in Manhattan and sent it to General Washington despite constant danger. The compelling story of the accomplishments of Robert Townsend, Abraham Woodhull, Austin Roe, Caleb Brewster, and Anna Smith Strong will fascinate audiences.
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