Colonial Spymaster (#8) — Steganography

Steganography is the practice of concealing a message within another message. The advantage of steganography over cryptography alone is that the intended secret message does not attract attention to itself as an object of scrutiny. Plainly visible encrypted messages, no matter how unbreakable they are, arouse interest whereas, steganography both conceals the message and hides …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. September 29, 1789 – Congress created the United States Army.  Following the Revolution, the Continental Army was disbanded.  This act of Congress under the US Constitution created a permanent …

Colonial Spymaster (#7) — How the Culper Ring Relayed Information from New York to Washington

The Culper Ring developed a complex method of gathering and relaying information to General George Washington. Below is the sequence of steps the Ring would take to gather and relay the valuable information. (The process of replaying information has many different variations due to its complexity and secrecy.) Abraham Woodhull (Samuel Culper) would visit his …

Antifederalist No. 1 — General Introduction: A Dangerous Plan of Benefit Only to The “Aristocratick Combination.”

From The Boston Gazette and Country Journal, November 26, 1787. I am pleased to see a spirit of inquiry burst the band of constraint upon the subject of the NEW PLAN for consolidating the governments of the United States, as recommended by the late Convention. If it is suitable to the GENIUS and HABITS of …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. September 23, 1779        HMS Serapis captured by John Paul Jones On September 23, the Bonhomme Richard engaged the Serapis and the smaller Countess of Scarborough, which were escorting the …

UPCOMING EVENT

Washington’s Crossing Autumn Market and EncampmentWashington’s Crossing Historic Park October 16, 2021 12:00pm – 4:00 pm At the Autumn Market & Encampment at Washington’s Crossing Historical Park, colonial townspeople will gather at the marketplace in the Historic Village and sell their wares, soldiers will drill 18th-century military tactics, the park’s fife and drum corps will perform, and …

Colonial Spymaster (#6) — The Culper Ring and its Codes

Benjamin Tallmadge established a small group of trustworthy men and women from his hometown of Setauket, Long Island. Known as the Culper Spy Ring, Tallmadge’s homegrown network would become the most effective of any intelligence-gathering operation on either side during the Revolutionary War. Tallmadge recruited his childhood friend, the farmer Abraham Woodhull, and Caleb Brewster, …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. September 25, 1787 – a first of a series of fifteen essays arguing AGAINST the formation of a new US Constitution were published.  The authors of these ANTIFEDERALIST papers …