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Traitor in the Shipyard
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The cover of Traitor in the Shipyard.
Information
Published 2013
Author Kathleen Ernst
Illustrator Sergio Giovine
ISBN 1609580842
Setting July, 1813
In relation to Caroline's Series After the events of Changes for Caroline

Traitor in the Shipyard is a Historical Character Mystery that is part of Caroline's books.

Characters

From the Central Series

Introduced

Chapter By Chapter Summary

Chapter One: A Stranger Arrives

Chapter Two: Mr. Osborne's Tale

Chapter Three: Trouble at the Shipyard

Chapter Four: Suspicions

Chapter Five: Stolen!

Chapter Six: A Disturbing Message

Chapter Seven: Mysterious Sightings

Chapter Eight: Friends and Enemies

Chapter Nine: A Mighty Secret

Chapter Ten: A Dangerous Discovery

Chapter Eleven: A Desperate Race

Chapter Twelve: Betrayed by a Friend

Chapter Thirteen: Confronting a Spy

Chapter Fourteen: Cause for Celebration

Looking Back

Discusses the role of spies during the War of 1812. Topics covered:

  • Sackets Harbor and the Lake Ontario region as pivotal battlegrounds during the War of 1812
  • War efforts between the American and British navies, including intelligence-gathering
  • The USS General Pike and the British navy's attempt to destroy it with barrels of gunpowder
  • Techniques spies used to gather intelligence, from committing mail theft to the use of ciphers to encode and pass along information
  • The role of women as spies during the War in 1812 and the lighter punishment women received if they were caught compared to men
  • Spies and people who chose to double-cross their country as an act of treason
  • Laura Secord, an American-born woman who learned about the Americans' plan for a surprise attack on the British and warned Lieutenant James FitzGibbon, leading to a British victory at the Battle of Beaver Dams (now present-day Thorold, Ontario)
  • Samuel Stacy, an American trader who betrayed Sackets Harbor to the British that led to the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor[1] and was arrested for treason
  • Fugitive slaves who fought for the British side in a bid to live free lives and not be forced back into slavery
  • Free blacks who fought for the Americans - escaped slaves who fought on the American side risked the danger of being enslaved again
  • The presence of black sailors around Sackets Harbor and in the American navy during the War of 1812

References

  1. The President’s Power to Detain "Enemy Combatants": Modern Lessons From Mr. Madison's Forgotten War, pg. 18. The capture of Samuel Stacy on July 1, 1813 as a spy and traitor came just over a month after the British landed troops, attacked, and nearly captured Sackets Harbor on May 29. The Second Battle of Sackets Harbor occurred from May 28 to May 29, 1813.

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