can I get some random facts about Hercules Mulligan or Thomas Jefferson?? or just a bunch of facts about the two in general?
- He was born in 1740.
- Hercules Mulligan was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States when he was six.
- He attended Kings College.
- Her married Elizabeth Sanders at Trinity Church.
- The couple had eight children, five daughters and three sons.
- One of Mulligan’s sons, John Mulligan, might of been in a romantic relationship with Charles Adams (son of John Adams). Both lived in the home of Baron Von Steuben for a time.
- Hercules met Alexander Hamilton in 1773 via his little brother Hugh.
- Hamilton moved in with Mulligan and due to Mulligan’s influence Hamilton joined the Sons of Liberty and became dedicated to the American cause.
- Hercules was involved of the melting of a large statue of King George III which they turned into bullets.
- After Washington was defeated at Long Island, Hercules tried to leave New York. He was stopped the next day by a party of Tory militiamen who captured him and dragged him back to the city. He carried on tailoring for British officers.
- Washington mentioned to Alexander Hamilton that he was looking for a spy on the inside within New York City, Hamilton recommended his friend Hercules Mulligan. Hercules excitedly agreed.
He played to the officer’s vanities, stroking their egos to elicit statements of speculation.
- When officers requested repairs to their uniforms, he would ask the date they needed them back. If customer after customer gave the same date, he could surmise the day of their next movement.
- He would dispatch his slave, Cato, to Washington’s headquarters in New Jersey to share the information on the redeployment of a particular unit.
- Late one evening a British officer called upon Hercules to provide him with a coat. Hercules inquired about the late hour for such a request. The officer responded that he was departing on a mission to capture General Washington within the day. Hercules immediately dispatched Cato to alert Washington of his impending capture. The British had learned the location where Washington would be meeting with his troops and had planned an ambush. Thanks to the acquisition of this information, General Washington was not captured the following day.
- February 1781, British General Sir Henry Clinton learned of Washington’s plans to travel to Rhode Island via the Connecticut shoreline. He ordered 300 troops onto transport boats to intercept Washington. And who was responsible for loading these boats with provisions for the journey? None other than Hugh, Hercules’s older brother. Hugh promptly advised Hercules of the plan. Hercules dispatched Cato, and Washington immediately rerouted his course and arrived safely in New England.
- Cato was once captured and beaten on a return trip to New York after passing intelligence to Washington’s headquarters.
- Hercules was suspected by the British on several occasions and even spent time in jail before using his charm to slip away.
- After the war Washington went shopping in his store and had breakfast with him.
- Hercules became a member of the New York Manumission Society.
- Hercules retired at age eighty and then died five years later.
Hercules is buried in Trinity Church, next to his friend Alexander Hamilton.