Former CIA Officer to Talk About His Book on Intelligence During the Revolutionary War

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The Historical Society of Watertown welcomes the author of  “Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War” at its annual meeting. The event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 the Historical Society will hold its Annual Members Meeting with Election of Board Members at 7 p.m. at the Watertown Free Public Library. At 7:15 author Kenneth A. Daigler will discuss his book.

Students and enthusiasts of American history are familiar with the Revolutionary War spies Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold, but few studies have closely examined the wider intelligence efforts that enabled the colonies to gain their independence. Kenneth A. Daigler’s new book, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors, provides readers with a fascinating and well-documented account of American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War, from 1765 to 1783, while describing the intelligence sources and methods used and how our Founding Fathers learned and practiced their intelligence role.

Kenneth A. Daigler is a retired career CIA operations officer. He has a B.A. in history from Centre College of Kentucky and an MA in history from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has written articles about intelligence for the CIA Historical Division’s journal Studies in Intelligence, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers’ Intelligencer, and other publications. This book can be purchased on

The event will be in the Watertown Savings Bank Room at the library, 123 Main St. in Watertown.

For more information contact Joyce at 781-899- 7239 or

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