The Revolutionary War
Thomas Paine. Emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely-read pamphlet Common Sense (1776) that advocated colonial America's independence from Great Britain.
One of the most important American spies during the Revolutionary War, James Armistead was born into slavery in Virginia around 1748. Armistead enlisted in the Revolutionary War under General Lafayette. Working as a spy, Armistead gained the trust of General Cornwallis and Benedict Arnold, providing information that allowed American forces to prevail at the Battle of Yorktown.
A rendering by Allyn Cox, for a mosaic at Ward Melville High School, shows Austin Roe delivering a message to Caleb Brewster on the shore at Crane Neck Bend in Old Field. The message would be carried across the Long Island Sound by whaleboat to Fairfield Connecticut to be handed over to Maj. Benjamin Tallmadge
This page of Robert Townsend's ledgers places Abraham Woodhull in Townsend's store on July 15, 1779. This corresponds with a period of Culper dispatches, and suggests Woodhull was probably in the store to pick up dispatches. In the summer of 1779, Woodhull was still traveling to New York frequently.