In annual recognition of America’s first Spymaster, the International Spy Museum has re-installed one of the institution’s most revered and guarded artifacts: an original letter written by George Washington initiating America's first spy network.
Washington's letter, written on Feb. 4, 1777, launched the nation's first spy network. While then-Gen. Washington was commander in chief of the Continental Army, he wrote to confidant Nathaniel Sackett, commissioning him to spy for his country as Washington's "intelligence director." Sackett was to be paid $50 per month to create a spy network in New York. He was given a $500 bonus up front.
The letter, which is privately stored offsite ten months out of the year – with an exact replica in its place – to preserve its fragile state, is now once again on public display just in time for President’s Day Weekend! The document will remain on view through March 2014.