|THE CRY FOR FREEDOM|
I'm getting a tad off track. I wanted to address spying during the American Revolution, especially in New York. When I was doing my research, I came across several incidents which could have been due to spying, uncovering plots against General Washington, battle plans... You can find some of them in Winds of Betrayal and the spy network that Hannah belonged.
|EMBRACE OF THE ENEMY|
A little tidbit of information about the British's stance on women during the American Revolution. General Thomas Gage, the commander of the British forces at the beginning of the uprise, married an American woman, Margaret Kemble from New Jersey. From all accounts the two had a successful marriage having seven children, but it is thought...not confirmed...that Margaret Kemble Gage was the informer...spy if you will...that gave information to Dr. Warren about her husband's raid at Lexington and Concord. For her efforts...if it was indeed true... she was sent to England on her husband's orders. Interesting.
This is the way I see the women spies of the revolution— they were overlooked in the beginning. The British have an air of chivalry that gave women a certain leniency. I believe General Washington showed the same leniency toward Benedict Arnold's wife, Peggy Shippen. Times changed though the longer the war dragged on...especially given the British were losing.
|KISS OF DECEIT|
Which brings me to the British's most famous spy during the American Revolution—Major John Andre. He too faced death bravely, but his one request was to be shot instead of being hanged because of the stigma hanging carried with it. He too was hanged. I'm going to stop with that thought on Major Andre. He is one of the historical characters portrayed in Winds of Betrayal with good reason. He was in the midst of the biggest betrayal the Americans felt during the American Revolution...the defection of Benedict Arnold...which will be the focus of The Heavens Shall Fall.
The whole of the Winds of Betrayal is purely fiction. It is a product of my over active imagination...it is how I can imagine it might have happened. Remember secrecy was of the utmost importance. It is the reason we don't have all the answers to what happened during the American Revolution.
The truth is we owe a great deal of thanks to the people who risked their lives for the belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Winds of Betrayal may be purely fiction, but it holds my respect for those who have placed their lives on the line for all of us to enjoy the life we know today.