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  • Hello, I'm George Washington, leader of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. A big part of the war was receiving information from the enemy and the spies did that in many ways. 
  • Hello, I'm one of the many spies of the Continental Army and I'm here to talk about our techniques. One technique for us spies is Ciphers. Ciphers were used to disguise information that the spies received and tried to send back to our army.  Ciphers were secret codes with letters, symbols, or numbers represent real words to.
  • There are different types of ciphers used so only the writer and receiver can understand and communicate. through.
  • Another way us spies shared information is through invisible ink. Both the English and the British used invisible ink. Invisible ink is made when you mix ferous sulfate and water together. This technique for spies was very effective but had to be taken care of. 
  • Water and other liquids can smear the letter and ruin it. The writing was written in between the lines of an innocent letter. To be intercepted they needed to be treated with heat like putting it over a candle or by treating it with a chemical reagent such as sodium carbonate. The rebel spies commonly used this method to report back to George Washington.
  • The opposing British side used the mask letter which us Americans never did. These letters were meant to be read through a mask or a grille. These had to be taken care of because they had to make sense with the mask while telling the real letter. The information was written in the shape of an hourglass.
  • One more technique was the quill letter which were ways to hide the true information within various everyday items such as quills, buttons, and small silver balls. Nobody thought the letters would be hidden within these normal items which made thee delivery easier. Some letters would have to be cut in half to fit in the objects.
  • And there you have it, just a few of the methods that the rebels and the British used during the Revolutionary War, and thanks to the methods we won the war. Thank you for your time and good-bye.
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