Anna Smith Strong lived with her husband and children in Long Island, New York. Anna's husband was a strong Patriot. He was captured and held prisoner by the British. Anna decided she would do whatever necessary to fight for independence like her husband.
In November of 1778, George Washington appointed Benjamin Tallmadge as Director of Military Intelligence. It was his job to create a spy ring in New York City. Anna Strong, one of Benjamin's childhood friends, was involved in this spy ring.
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The purpose of the Culper Spy Ring was to provide George Washington with information on British Troop movements. Members included Austin Roe, Caleb Brewster, Abraham Woodhull, and Anna Strong.
It was Anna's responsibility to signal Abraham Woodhull when information was ready to be picked up and where the information was located. Once Abraham had received the message from Caleb Brewster, he would pass off the information to Benjamin Tallmadge. Then Benjamin Tallmadge would deliver the message to General Washington.
The British were constantly patrolling the town; so, the Culper Spy Ring had to be very secretive when passing information. The spy ring used invisible ink, code, and other methods to deliver information. Anna Strong devised an especially creative way of signaling Abraham. She used her laundry clothesline to communicate in code.