John Clark.

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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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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray ah, the origin of spying!!!  it's certainly perfected today!!

Jun 22, 2019 04:16 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. We could use a plethora of John in Washington these days keeping their mouth shut. Enjoy your day 

Jun 22, 2019 04:21 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

As Wayne Martin said!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 22, 2019 04:45 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well it's a good thing that they did not have Twitter in those days.

Jun 22, 2019 05:35 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, so the government provides false reports?  No way, I am shocked, haha.

Jun 22, 2019 06:44 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That is without a doubt an unsung hero of the revolution.

Jun 22, 2019 08:33 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - this is an interesting story with many more details which will likely never be known.  Or will they?  

Jun 22, 2019 09:04 AM #7
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Interesting James of spies back in the day of 1776.  Just at Valley Forge last week why on vacation.


Jun 22, 2019 09:28 AM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Where has loyalty gone? Thank you John Clark now I know it once existed.

Jun 22, 2019 09:34 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - this intellengence people who have helped this country have always been obscure.

Jun 22, 2019 10:04 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Sometimes, those lost mysteries are best remaining that way.  We can silently thank them...A

Jun 22, 2019 11:33 AM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Deception was an important strategy for winning the war. Those who used effectively as Washington & Howe did turned things to their favor.

Jun 22, 2019 01:25 PM #12
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Thanks, James for another wonderful step into U.S. history.  I wish we delved into a little more detail in the war between the Colonies and the British.  I think it was presented too much as a series of battles that had to be memorized... ah well.

Jul 21, 2019 10:25 AM #13
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