Wendy Mead at Biography.com offers a look at the real-life Revolutionary War spy ring dramatized on AMC TV's Turn.
The popular TV series Turn delves into the lives and missions of American spies during the Revolutionary War. Based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, the series shows just how hard it is to be in the espionage game.
The main characters in the show form the heart of what became known as the Culper Spy Ring. Led by Revolutionary officer Benjamin Tallmadge, this group helped the Americans win the war against the British.
Uncovering Benedict Arnold's plans to betray the American side was one of this spy ring's most important accomplishments. But who were these daring individuals that made up the Culper Spy Ring? Most of them knew each other from their hometown of Setauket, Long Island. Despite their strong bonds, the group members took on code names and numbers to protect themselves. To be a spy in these times meant to risk facing the ultimate punishment—execution for treason.
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