Invisible Ink : Spycraft of the American Revolution

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-08
  • Publisher: Westholme Pub Llc
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During the American Revolution, espionage was critical to the successes and failures of both Colonial and British war efforts. While the most notorious episode of spying during the war - the Benedict Arnold affair - was a failure, spycraft was wholly embraced by the American commander-in-chief, George Washington, who not only utilized a vast spy network but also designed sophisticated battle plan deceptions and counter-intelligence initiatives. Invisible Ink begins with a brief introduction to the history of spy techniques, from ancient China through Francis Bacon, before embarking on an informative and thoroughly entertaining survey of the various techniques - including dictionary codes, dead letter drops, hidden compartments, and the use of musical notation to send intelligence - as well as accounts of some of the more notable spies and spying episodes of the period.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Early Spycraft: Codes, Ciphers, and Steganographyp. 1
Secret Communicationp. 9
Black Chambersp. 21
Invisible Inkp. 27
Ciphers and Codesp. 42
Dictionary Codesp. 69
Diplomatic Ciphersp. 76
Dead Dropsp. 91
Hidden Compartmentsp. 99
Flags of Trucep. 121
The Culper Spy Ringp. 134
"Traitor of the Blackest Dye"p. 149
Deceptions and Smugglersp. 168
Going Incognitop. 189
European Subterfugep. 199
Deceptive Battle Plansp. 211
Conclusionp. 243
McLane-Rivington Communicationsp. 245
Culper Spy Ring Codep. 247
Marquis de Lafayette's Numerical Codep. 256
British Headquarters Code Book (Undated)p. 258
British Headquarters Code Book, 1779p. 264
Paul Wentworth's Code Bookp. 270
Boron von Steuben Cipherp. 273
Comte de Rochambeau's Cipherp. 274
Key of Walpole Cypher in the Hand of William Eden, 1777p. 275
An Attempt to Decipher a Code of Unknown Origin by William Eden, 1777p. 276
Description of Counterfeit Paper Moneyp. 278
General Nathanael Greene and Colonel Henry Lee Jr. Code, 1781p. 281
Major General Edward Braddock's Cipherp. 282
Mapsp. 283
Notesp. 289
Bibliographyp. 355
Indexp. 371
Acknowledgmentsp. 383
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