Show Notes: HERCULES MULLIGAN

Tracy Wilson

German view of crowd pulling down the statue of George III on Bowling Green in New York City, Jul 9, 1776. Pretend the one holding the rope around the statue's neck is Hercules Mulligan. --- Image by © Don Troiani/Corbis German view of crowd pulling down the statue of George III on Bowling Green in New York City, Jul 9, 1776. --- Image by © Don Troiani/Corbis
German view of crowd pulling down the statue of George III on Bowling Green in New York City, Jul 9, 1776. Pretend the one holding the rope around the statue's neck is Hercules Mulligan. --- Image by © Don Troiani/Corbis German view of crowd pulling down the statue of George III on Bowling Green in New York City, Jul 9, 1776. --- Image by © Don Troiani/Corbis

It seems like everyone in the world has asked us to talk about something from the phenomenally popular Broadway musical "Hamilton." Everyone. However no one has asked us to talk about Hercules Mulligan. Or, at least, no one had as of April 12 when we recorded these two podcasts on him.

He was a tailor, a member of the Sons of Liberty and a spy. He helped pull down the statue of George III, which is why that's the picture on this post - there are no pictures of the man himself that I could find. And, in this two-parter, we even talk about whether his work as a spy on the inside really was why George Washington knew his plan for the Battle of Yorktown would work.

Correction: A couple of times in these shows, we accidentally flopped "Patriot" and "Loyalist" in our heads, and consequently also in our mouths. Apologies for the error.

For More Knowledge: George Washington Quiz and How Spies Work

Episode link for part 1: Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 1 and Hercules Mulligan, Spy on the Inside Pt. 2

My research:

  • "Culper Spy Ring." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2016. Web. 8 Apr. 2016. .
  • Daigler, Kenneth A. "Spies, Patriots and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War." Georgetown University Press. 2014.
  • Martin, Paul. "Secret Heroes: Everyday Americans Who Shaped Our World." William Morrow. 2012.
  • Misencik, Paul R. "The Original American Spies: Seven Covert Agents of the Revolutionary War." McFarland & Company. 2014.
  • National Park Service. "Yorktown Battlefield." https://www.nps.gov/york/learn/historyculture/history-of-the-siege.htm
  • O'Brien, M.J. "Field Day, 1915: Hercules Mulligan." The Journal of the American-Irish Historical Society, Volume 15. https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=kmnXAAAAMAAJ&rdid=book-kmnXAAAAMAAJ&rdot=1
  • O'Brien, Michael J. "Hercules Mulligan: Confidential Correspondent of General Washington." P.J. Kenedy & Sons. 1937.
  • Schachner, Nathan. "Alexander Hamilton Viewed by His Friends: The Narratives of Robert Troup and Hercules Mulligan." The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Apr., 1947). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1915991
  • Gates, Robert M. "Intelligence, Democracy, and Freedom." Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, Freedom and Security (Spring, 1992). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/27550944

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