John Clark was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the 1st Continental Infantry on January 1st, 1776. Sorry but I could not find his date of birth, who his parents were etc. It wasn’t until December of 1777 that his most important assignment came to him directly from General George Washington.
His assignment was to obtain information about General Howe’s activities in Philadelphia. He set up a group of spies to accomplish that goal. He sent General Washington 30 detailed reports. Having them in hand, Washington allowed a false report of the Continental Army’s strength to be delivered to Howe. John saved the Continental Army to know the movement of the British troops, thus assuring the survival of the war.
Afterwards he served as a desk job auditor of Army expenses. He lived a quietly after the war and continued to maintain his secrecy regarding the names of the informants and couriers who helped him. The mystery of those are lost to history.
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