Spear — A Traitor?

The question remains, "How could Spear have missed a marching column containing 8,000 men?" Over time, suspicion grew that Spear was a Tory sympathizer who deliberately lied about his scouting mission that morning. But Spear spent the rest of the war helping the American cause, hardly the behavior of a traitor. Historians has successfully been able to plot many a course over the crude roadways whereby, especially with the foggy conditions, that Spear would simply not have encountered the marching column.

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