Hercules Mulligan was indeed a real person who passed intelligence to George Washington, mostly through two means - one was an enslaved man named Cato, and the other was the Culper Spy Ring.
Tearing down the statue of George III in New York City during the Revolutionary War. Painting, 1857 by William Walcutt. --- Image by © Corbis
Topics in this Podcast: American history, biographies, Sons of Liberty, Culper spy ring, Hercules Mulligan, Hamilton, Espionage, George Washington, U.S. history, Alexander Hamilton, American Revolution, 18th century