If you are routinely going places where the enemy discusses, either intentionally or unintendedly, matters of military or political significance, you may wish to remain anonymous.  To do this, spies employ disguises.  The most common disguise is to simply change your clothes.  Sometimes soldiers sent on reconnaissance missions would wear civilian clothes such as when John Andre met Benedict Arnold before his capture at West Point. Sometimes spies wore the clothing of the opposite sex in order to hid their identity.  The other common practice was to change the way your face looks by growing or shaving a beard, applying make-up, or wearing a wig.  There is, of course, no more famous disguise during the American Revolution than the Sons of Liberty dressing as Indians during the Boston Tea Party and effectively creating a screen of deniability around their vandalism.

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My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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