Making a Point During War

By | Jun 28, 2011

June 28, 1776.
Continental Congress was still nearly a week away from declaring the colonies independence from England. The Declaration of Independence wouldn’t be read in congress for two days. George Washington as Commander-in-chief felt that it was important to show those in his command that treason within his ranks would not be tolerated. In front of around 20,000 people Thomas Hickey who had been sentence to death for “mutiny and sedition, and also of holding a treacherous correspondence with the enemies of said Colonies” was “hanged by the neck till he shall be dead”.

The execution was performed quickly after he was found guilty at his Court Martial just two days earlier on June 26th. Hickey had pleaded Not Guilty but was found Guilty.

Washington’s Army was encamped in New York during this time. Shortly after they arrived a conspiracy developed between some of the Tories of New York and a few of the men in Washington’s Army including Thomas Hickey to turn their allegiance to the King’s Service in exchange for money.

In all 14 men involved in the conspiracy, but only Hickey was tried. He was the only one that was in attachment guarding Washington. The others included a gunsmith, Gilbert Forbes and New York’s Mayor.

The others were sent to Connecticut where a few of them, including Mayor Mathews, escaped.

There is also another theory, although it has not been confirmed with proof, that part of the conspiracy also included the assassination of General Washington.

Sergeant Thomas Hickey Court-Martial: 1776 – Suggestions For Further Reading


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