Donald Markle: The Fox and the Hound- The Birth of American Spying

September 15, 2014 

The Hauenstein Center was proud to bring you this American Conversations keynote featuring Donald E. Markle, a former U.S. intelligence officer, Smithsonian Institute lecturer, and author whose previous works address the topic of U.S. military intelligence during World War II and the American Civil War.

Most books about espionage in the American Revolution tend to focus on General George Washington, but as noted historian Donald E. Markle explored in this fascinating account, there was an entire system of intelligence communication independent of his direction. General Washington and British General Charles Cornwallis were engaged in a constant battle to outmaneuver each other, and Cornwallis seemed always one step behind Washington and his intelligence departments. As the war progressed, the Americans and British slowly learned one another’s tactics, leading to the hunt between the American fox (Washington) and the British hound (Cornwallis). There could only be one winner.

This event was in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, and Foundation.

Watch the lecture here.

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