Bound Volume Number

Volume III

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-2016

Capstone Advisor

Mark Schmeller

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Arts and Science

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Abraham Woodhull

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


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The most well known spies are usually the ones who were caught. But what about those who took their secret lives to the grave?

In the summer of 1778, arguably one of the biggest players in the United States’ fight for independence was released from a rebel-controlled prison in Connecticut. Abraham Woodhull, arrested earlier in the year for smuggling, was offered his freedom in exchange for his loyalty to the continental army. His friend, Major Benjamin Tallmadge, was looking to replace the dated espionage methods employed by his superior officer and contentious rival.

In just a few short years, the organization they created would change the tide of the war – and all of espionage – forever.

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