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By Christian McBurney

the method of kidnapping enemy leaders, utilized in the hot wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, dates to the yankee Revolution. George Washington known as such efforts “honorable” and supported makes an attempt to kidnap the British commander-in-chief (twice), Benedict Arnold (after he grew to become traitor) and Prince William Henry (a destiny king of significant Britain). Washington in flip used to be certain at his Morristown iciness headquarters by way of British dragoons who crossed the frozen Hudson River. New Jersey Governor William Livingston played a patriotic provider by way of going to enormous lengths to prevent being kidnapped by way of the Loyalist raider James Moody.
occasionally those operations succeeded, as with the amazing captures of significant common Charles Lee, significant common Richard Prescott, Brigadier basic Gold Selleck Silliman, and North Carolina’s governor Thomas Burke. occasionally they slightly failed, as with the violent try out via British mystery provider operatives opposed to significant normal Philip Schuyler and the venture by way of British dragoons opposed to Thomas Jefferson. a number of the kidnapped, equivalent to signer of the announcement of Independence Richard Stockton and Delaware’s governor John McKinly, suffered harm to their reputations. The kidnapper risked all—if stuck, he will be hanged. This ebook covers greater than thirty significant tried and winning abductions of army and civilian leaders from 1775 to 1783, from Maine to Georgia, and together with in nice Britain.

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