Revolutionary War American Spy Lydia Darrah

About the American Spy Lydia Darrah who helped Washington prepare for an attack during the Revolutionary War.

Lydia Darrah. American. Worked for: U.S., Revolutionary War.

Credited with "saving George Washington's army," Lydia Darrah, a Quaker, performed her one and only spy mission in 1777 when British General Howe and his 15,000 troops occupied Philadelphia. She eavesdropped on an officers' meeting held in her home, learned of plans for a surprise attack on the "old fox" and his army camped nearby at Whitemarsh, and delivered the information to Washington. American preparedness prevented the British from making a full-scale attack, and a disgruntled Howe returned to Philadelphia.

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