Lead: In the Spring of 1779, the chief of British Intelligence in New York City, received a shocking message.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Except for occasional partisan raids, by 1780, military action in the American Revolution had largely shifted to the south where the British and American forces exchanged victories in the months leading up to the climactic British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown. In the northern colonies, the opposing armies stared warily at each other from behind lines often separated by stretches of neutral territory. One such was divided region was the Hudson Valley of New York. From his headquarters in New York City, British General Henry Clinton had developed an extensive spy network throughout the Valley, probing for weaknesses in the American line and stirring up trouble among the many in the area that quietly supported the British cause.