|Played by:||Kelly AuCoin|
|First appearance:||"Spyhunter General"|
|Appears in:||1 series, 1 season, 3 episodes|
Hercules Mulligan is a tailor and spy.
Involvement in the American RevolutionEdit
In 1778, Hercules, at the time a local tailor, stopped by Rivington’s Corner and quietly confronted Robert Townsend about his coded advertisements in the Gazette. He assured Townsend that they had friends in common.
General Benedict Arnold then entered and seized Mulligan to question him about spy activities. Mulligan mocked Arnold for being a turncoat, prompting laughs from the patrons. Arnold then hauled Mulligan away and ordered James Rivington to print a notice that General Henry Clinton had appointed him Spyhunter General.
Townsend later allowed Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe to enter Rivington’s Corner after a guard barred him from entry. Simcoe introduced himself to Arnold, who questioned Townsend about Mulligan. Arnold took notes as Townsend answers his questions. Simcoe stared at Townsend, who, rattled by Simcoe’s gaze, went to his room and burned his spy tools.
Arnold later interrogated Mulligan at Bridewell Prison, which resulted in Mulligan refuting Arnold’s spy accusations.
Mulligan was later released and was eventually visited by Townsend at his shop, discretely citing an “urgent” message from Mulligan. Mulligan then told him that his father-in-law, British Admiral Saunders, had hired the Gazette to publish the Royal Navy Signal Book, which gave fighting instructions to British squadron commanders. Townsend offered to change the typeset and send different copies to different commanders to disrupt their communication with each other – realizing it would mean exposing himself as a spy, since the books would all come from the same place.
The plan later succeeded in confusing the British Navy during the Siege of Yorktown.