― William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
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Art by Megan Linger (tumblr)
In 1778, General George Washington ordered Benjamin Tallmadge to create an intelligence network in the New York City area. Relying heavily on his childhood friends from Long Island, Benjamin formed the Culper Ring.
The Culper Ring was an elaborate scheme to transfer information about British forces in New York City to George Washington in New Windsor, a town sixty miles north of New York City. Intelligence collected by the society reporter and shopkeeper Robert Townsend was carried sixty miles east to Setauket by Austin Roe, a Long Island tavern keeper. Austin left Robert’s coded messages in a field where there were collected by a Setauket farmer named Abraham Woodhull. Abraham transferred these messages to Caleb Brewster, a known smuggler. Caleb took the information across the Long Island Sound to Connecticut where he met Benjamin Tallmadge who brought the information to George Washington. Along the route, further coded information was added about the movements of British forces in Long Island and Connecticut. The intelligence collected by the Culper Ring thwarted several British attacks and played an important role in the identification of Benedict Arnold as a traitor.
Anna Strong served as a connection point between Abraham and Caleb. A black petticoat on Anna’s clothesline told Caleb a message was ready. She hung between one and six handkerchiefs to let Abraham known which cove Caleb was hiding in. In the image above, Anna is letting Abraham know Caleb is the first cove.
Turn, AMC’s new series about the Culper Ring, portrays Anna as the childhood sweetheart of Abraham Woodhull. In reality, Anna was ten years older than Abraham and by 1778, the mother of seven children. Her husband Selah was imprisoned by the British and the couple spent the majority of the war apart. Afterwards, Anna gave birth to her last child, a son named George Washington Strong.
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