Ariel Bradley: Spy for General Washington is based on a true event, the real life adventure of nine year-old Ariel Bradley. It reveals the anxiety of the Americans, who needed desperately to win a battle in the first months of the Revolutionary War. It also shows George Washington’s keen sense of humor and his wily, perceptive view of his British adversaries.
Ariel Bradley is Washington’s boy spy who pretends to be a
country bumpkin (a “Johnny Raw”). He ‘stumbles’ into General
Howe’s camp “looking for the mill” his father has sent him in
search of. In reality, he is assessing the strength and numbers of
the British and their Hessian (German) allies. After he is sent on
his way by the unsuspecting English, he reports this to General
Washington and his staff. This information proves key in what
became known as the Battle of White Plains.
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