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James Moody

(1744—1809)


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(1744–1809) British spy during the Revolutionary War, born in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. After being repeatedly harassed for taking no side in the struggle for independence, Moody joined a loyalist militia in 1777 and by the next year was being sent behind enemy lines to gain information on George Washington's army and to rescue prisoners from rebel jails. Frequently captured, he just as frequently escaped. In 1781 Moody and his brother were betrayed when they broke into the Philadelphia state house to steal congressional papers and plans; he escaped again, but his brother was executed. The following year he went to England, where he was awarded an annual pension.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.


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