John Honeyman, Washington's Spy?
If you’re interested in the espionage and intelligence wars of the American Revolution, then you might want to read my brand-new article examining the strange case of John Honeyman, who is alleged to have helped General George Washington inflict defeats on the British during the dismal winter of 1776-77. I cast doubt on the story, and investigate its origins. What I came up with might surprise you.
I originally became interested in Honeyman after I was asked, at the end of almost talk I gave about the Culper Ring — Washington’s most successful network during the War of Independence — about what I thought of him. Not knowing anything about it, I tended to hedge a bit. During a quiet spell a few months ago, I reopened the “case” and sent the article off to Studies in Intelligence, the CIA’s scholarly journal.
It went online earlier today — what with the Hugh Trevor-Roper and the Don Higginbotham posts, it’s been a busy couple of hours — and you can download the PDF here. You can read the entire issue, if you should be so inclined, here.
Posted by Alexander Rose, www.alexrose.com
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