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How did the Culper Spy Ring operation come about?
To answer this question we must start at the beginning.
Here is the Setauket Spy Ring Story - by historian Beverly Tyler.
Culper Spy Ring Resources
BBC - The Secrets of the mysterious Culper Spy Ring
Clements Library ,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
History Close at Hand
Hollywood & History in AMC's TURN [The Setauket Spy Ring], Some Readings & Contexts
The Second Continental Light Dragoons
The Sheldon’s Horse Timeline Project
Special Collections, Melville Library, Stony Brook University
The Three Village Historical Society in Setauket, NY
TURN to a Historian
The Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Adkins, Edwin. Setauket: The First Three Hundred Years, 1655-1955. Setauket, New York: Three Village Historical Society, 1980.
Bleyer, Bill. George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring: A History and Tour Guide.Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2021.
Fernow, Berthold. New York In The Revolution. Albany, New York: Weed, Parsons and Company, 1887.
Ford, Corey. A Peculiar Service. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1965.
Hall, Charles Swain. Benjamin Tallmadge: Revolutionary Soldier And American Businessman. New York: AMS Press, Inc., 1966.
Kilmeade, Brian. George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution. New York: Penguin Group USA, 2013.
Klein, Howard. Three Village Guidebook: The Setaukets, Poquott, Old Field & Stony Brook. East Setauket, New York: Three Village Historical Society, 1986.
Lengle, Edward. "Spymaster in Chief" in Military History. June-July 2009, pp 26-35.
Marhoefer, Barbara. Eye Witness, 1776. New York: Long Island Lighting Company, 1976.
Mather, Frederic Gregory. The Refugees Of 1776 From Long Island To Connecticut. Albany, New York: J.B. Lyon Company, 1913.
Nagy, John A. George Washington's Secret Spy War: the making of America's first spymaster. New York, New York: St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Onderdonk, Henry Jr. Revolutionary Incidents Of Suffolk And Kings Counties [...]. Port Washington, New York: (1849), 1970.
Pennypacker, Morton. General Washington's Spies On Long Island And In New York. Brooklyn, New York: Long Island Historical Society, 1939.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution. New York: Viking, 2016.
Reynolds, John. Long Island Behind the British Lines During The Revolution. Setauket, New York: The Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1960.
Roberts, James A. New York In The Revolution As Colony And State. Albany, New York: Weeds-Parsons, 1901.
Rose, Alexander. Washington's Spies: The Story Of America's First Spy Ring. New York: Bantam, 2006.
Tallmadge, Benjamin. Memoir Of Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge. New York: Gilliss, 1904.
Tyler, Beverly C. The Setauket Spy Ring Story. Setauket, New York: The Author, 2014.
Welch, Richard F. General Washington's Commando: Benjamin Tallmadge In The Revolutionary War. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2014.
Alberti, Enigma. Anna Strong and the Revolutionary War Culper Spy Ring. New York, NY: Workman Publishing, 2019.
Castrovilla, Selene. Upon Secrecy. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2009.
Currie, Catherine. Anna Smith Strong And The Setauket Spy Ring. Precise Printing, 1992.
Fullam, Kathleen. The Setauket Spy. Privately published, c1973.
Haynes, Betsy. Spies On The Devil's Belt. New York: Scholastic, 1974.
Kirkpatrick, Katherine. Redcoats And Petticoats. New York: Holiday House, 1999.
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