Spies Among Us

Time for the old professor to offer up some history….this post is about the 10 most famous spies…..

These are someone’s idea (not mine) of the most famous spies……

In and out of wartime, spies play an essential role in information gathering for their nations (and, on occasion, as double-spies for other nations). The spies listed here are the most famous in history.

1. Mata Hari Born: 1876; Died: 1917

Top 10 Famous Spies

These people are someone’s idea of the most famous spies….I disagree…..but it depends on where you stand I guess……


I like the spies for Washington during the Revolutionary War and the female spies used by the sides in the American Civil War….

First is Washington’s spies…..

In the summer of 1778 George Washington authorized the formation of a secret chain of agents known as the Culper Ring. Operating in British-occupied New York, this spy ring gathered and shared military intelligence on the British Army’s tactical operations using a coded language and a disappearing ink dubbed the ‘sympathetic stain.’ Those involved in the Culper Ring did so at great personal risk to their lives and honor–covertly traveling through occupied territory and swearing oaths of allegiance to the king–all the while passing information to Washington.

The following excerpt from Alexander Rose’s, Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring, describes the establishment of the Culper Ring and the risks involved with eighteenth-century espionage.


Then onto the American Civil War…..

Hundreds of women served as spies during the Civil War. Here’s a look at six who risked their lives in daring and unexpected ways


A little more on these women…..


Please if you have any others to add do so….I want to add Tubman to the list……

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2 thoughts on “Spies Among Us

  1. I was so facsinated by spies in my youth, I used to say I wanted to be one when I grew up. Those who do it for causes and beliefs rather than money and gain have always had my respect, even the ‘enemy’ ones.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I did as well and I did become a spy in the army and then again after college….loved it but could only take it for awhile and had to come back to reality. chuq

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