--In 1777, George Washington hired Nathan Sackett to search out British sympathizers. Sackett was paid a whopping $50 a month for his services plus an additional $500 to set up his spy network. The museum has the original letter from Washington to Sackett requesting his services on display.
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--Elizabeth Van Lew, Union spy extraordinaire, is another female operative whose story caught my attention. (A portion of the museum is dedicated to the "Sisterhood of Spies" and was quite fascinating.) During the Civil War, Van Lew operated a spy ring out of Richmond, Virginia, passing information concerning Confederate troop levels and movements to Union commanders. She often passed this information using hollowed out eggs. (Wouldn't Martha Stewart be proud of this unusual use of a household item???)
--Academy Award winning director John Ford put his film making skills to use during WWII creating both documentaries of the war and training films. Two of his Academy Awards were actually for films created during this period: one for the documentary The Battle of Midway (1942) and another for the propaganda film December 7 (1943).
As I headed towards the exit of the museum, I was tested once again as to my cover and asked some security questions to determine if I would be permitted to leave. By this time, my brain was on overload but I was able to answer the questions in a satisfactory manner and leave the premises with the microdot safely hidden away. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take your own tour of the International Spy Museum. Trust me, you'll be glad that you did.