|John Graves Simcoe|
|Name:||John Graves Simcoe|
|Date of birth:||February 25, 1752|
Lieutenant (until 1776)
Captain (1776 – 1778)
Lieutenant Colonel (1778 – present)
|Battles/wars:||American Revolutionary War|
• Ambush at Continental Army Connecticut safe house
• Battle of Setauket
• Battle of Monmouth
|Played by:||Samuel Roukin|
|Seasons:||1, 2, 3, 4|
|First appearance:||Turn: Origins|
|Appears in:||1 series, 4 seasons, 29 episodes, 1 comic|
- "Mercy is weakness. Strength is truth."
- ―John Graves Simcoe to Caleb Brewster.
Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe is an officer in the British Army and the commanding officer of the Queen's Rangers. In 1776, Simcoe was a Lieutenant stationed in Setauket until the death of Captain Charles Joyce led to Simcoe purchasing his commission and gaining the rank of Captain.
Simcoe was later captured by the Continental Army after an ambush at a Continental Army safe house due to intelligence from Abraham Woodhull, who had asked Caleb Brewster to kill Simcoe. However, Captain Benjamin Tallmadge had decided to interrogate Simcoe instead. Simcoe was later released in a prisoner exchanged between the Continental Army and the British Army and returned to Setauket.
He later fought in the Battle of Setauket, after Tallmadge, now promoted to Major, led Continental forces to rescue his father, Caleb's uncle and several others. During the battle, Simcoe executed Caleb's uncle and was restrained by Major Edmund Hewlett, who then let Tallmadge's father and the others go.
British Army serviceEdit
In the autumn of 1776, Simcoe was a Lieutenant and stationed in Setauket, serving under Captain Charles Joyce. One day, a brawl occurred between Captain Joyce, Selah Strong and Abraham Woodhull. Selah and Abe were taken into British custody, but after the interference of Abe's father, Abe was released by Simcoe. However, Selah was still taken into custody, to be sent to the HMS Jersey.
Captain Joyce was later murdered at the hands of John Robeson, with Lieutenant Simcoe purchasing his commission and gaining the rank of Captain. Simcoe traveled to Strong Manor, where he asked Anna Strong, the wife of Selah, the whereabouts of Abe and soon made advances on her. After she rebuffed him, he informed her he had been billeted at the manor.
Abe later returned to town from the black market. Robeson spotted him and brought Simcoe and the Redcoats to Abe. Simcoe then brought Abe to the church, where Richard Woodhull and Major Edmund Hewlett awaited. When Hewlett demanded to know where Abe has been since Joyce's death, who's killer was unknown at the time, Abe admitted he was "with the enemy" and explained that he was mugged by pirates while trading on the black market, a cover for his attempted recruitment as a spy by Benjamin Tallmadge.
Hewlett then sent Abe home but asked to meet that evening to discuss his captors' identities. Outside the church, Simcoe warned Abe that he was still a suspected in Joyce's murder. Hewlett later ordered Simcoe to raid a Continental safe house in Connecticut.
Unknown to Simcoe, Abe had gathered intelligence about the ambush that made its way to Caleb Brewster and the Continental Army, preparing them for the raid and allowing them to abandon the safe house and await for Simcoe's arrivals with British forces. Abe also asked that Simcoe be killed during the raid.
In Connecticut, Simcoe and his forces raided the safe house and found it empty. Shortly after, they were attacked by Continental forces, with Simcoe being wounded in the leg. As the British forces were killed, Simcoe crawled his way outside, where he was rendered unconscious by Caleb and taken prisoner.
Simcoe was then taken to a Continental jail on the Connecticut border, where he was asked about a Continental mole that assisted the British in causing an ambush on Ben's regiment by Robert Rogers and the Queen's Rangers.
Given command of the Queen's RangersEdit
Two months after the Battle of Setauket, Captain Simcoe was posted in the commissary in the recently British captured Philadelphia. One day, a supervisor of his mocked a love letter that he had written to Anna. Simcoe soon after received a package from John André containing a steak knife and letter. He brandished the knife at his supervisor and declared that he’d been relieved of his duties and summoned by André. With a smug grin, he ditched his post, taking a sword and pistol on his way out.
He later arrived at Benjamin Franklin's home, where André had been residing. After waiting for hours to meet with André, Abigail arrived to him Simcoe waiting. Simcoe recognized her from Strong Manor and spoke fondly of Long Island. Later meeting in the music room, André told Simcoe that he’d like to appoint him as the new commander of the Queen’s Rangers. Simcoe called the assignment a demotion but agreed to accept if he may base the Rangers in a place of his choosing.
In the woods of Pennsylvania, Simcoe arrives on horseback to the Queen's Rangers' camp and introduced himself as their new commander. Cager, one of the Rangers, mocked Simcoe, who invited the Ranger to kill him, if he could. Simcoe broke Cager’s arm and slashed his scalp. When Cager reached for his gun, another Ranger, Akinbode shouted out a warning. Simcoe shot Cager dead and then ordered the men to fall in line. They immediately obeyed.
Later in the wilderness outside York City, Simcoe ran a bayonet drill with the Queen’s Rangers. Pulling Akinbode aside, he handed him his freedom papers and appointed him second-in-command, noting Akinbode was the only man there who he was certain didn’t want him dead.
Meeting Arnold and Caleb's captureEdit
After Arnold's turn to the British side, Simcoe went to Rivington’s Corner, but was barred from entry by a guard. However, Simcoe called to Townsend, stating that he knew him, causing Townsend to allow Simcoe to enter. Simcoe, now a Lieutenant Colonel introduced himself to Arnold, who questiond Townsend about Mulligan. Arnold took notes as Townsend answered his questions while Simcoe stared at Townsend. Rattled by Simcoe’s gaze, Townsend went to his room and burned his spy tools.
Later, a Ranger informed Simcoe that Arnold had captured Caleb Brewster. Simcoe then visited Arnold and informd him that he, too, had been on the hunt for a spy ring on Long Island. He asked to sit in on Arnold’s interrogation of Caleb. Simcoe waited in the hall as Arnold interrogated Caleb. Caleb pointed out that Arnold couldn't hang him without a confession. He proceeded to mock Arnold for being a turncoat. Arnold stormed out and told Simcoe, “He’s all yours.” Simcoe walked in and punched Caleb.
Simcoe tortured Caleb and referred to Caleb’s “master” as Robert Rogers. Simcoe’s suggestion that Rogers was Samuel Culper, inadvertently lead Simcoe to realize that Rogers was not Culper. Simcoe quickly deduced that Abe was Culper and ordered Caleb to confess. Caleb refused. Simcoe drew his sword and told Caleb that he accepted the challenge.
- "Now, you know who I am. And I know who you are."
- ―John Graves Simcoe to Caleb Brewster.
Simcoe continued to torture Caleb and asked him to sign a confession. Caleb spat in his face. Simcoe then cut Caleb with his sword and slathered salt on the wound. Simcoe revealed that he was born and raised in India and watched his father thrown into the “Black Hole of Calcutta” where he died, and now he taught “mercy is a weakness” to colonists across the country. When Caleb still refused to talk, Simcoe placed a hot sword on his chest, causing Caleb to scream.
Eventually, Colonel Cooke came into the room and saw that Caleb was barely conscious. He denounced Simcoe’s brutal interrogation tactics and worried that the Continental Army wouldn’t release the Woodhulls, who had been offered as a trade for Caleb, given Caleb’s physical state. Before releasing Caleb, Simcoe quietly thanked him for the names he divulged in “the twilight of pain.”
Behind the ScenesEdit
- "John Graves Simcoe is a recently promoted soldier in His Majesty’s Army and serves under Major Hewlett’s command in Setauket. A born attack dog, he harbors an intense dislike for most colonists, especially Abe, and holds a deep, menacing infatuation with Anna. A skilled fighter and true believer in the British cause, Simcoe is as crafty as he is dangerous."
- ―Official description
- "John Graves Simcoe is a born attack dog who harbors an intense dislike for most colonists, especially Abe. He holds a deep infatuation for Anna that is both menacing and disturbing. A skilled fighter and true believer in the British cause, Simcoe is as crafty as he is dangerous. After suffering under the harsh interrogation of Ben Tallmadge, Simcoe was released back to the British in a prisoner exchange. Returning to Setauket, he engaged in a dramatic duel with Abe in an attempt to claim Anna as his own. Ultimately, Simcoe engineered a conspiracy designed as retribution against the families of Ben and Caleb. When his plan is foiled by Ben’s raid, a furious Simcoe executes Caleb’s uncle at point blank range, forcing a horrified Hewlett to have him arrested and gagged."
- ―Official description
- "A ruthless attack dog, Simcoe harbors an intense dislike of most colonists, especially Abe. Simcoe's lack of restraint is his undoing, however, and his killing of Caleb's uncle allows Hewlett to dislodge him from Setauket by the end of the first season. Major John André has a use for Simcoe's remorseless ways, however – hunting down rebel spies on Long Island. Having been appointed leader of the Queen's Rangers in place of Robert Rogers, Simcoe relocates the unit back to Setauket, a provocation to his old boss Hewlett. By the end of the second season, their feud has come into the open, and Setauket is threateneds to be torn apart by a civil war between rival British forces. Season Three sees this vendetta reach a fever pitch, as the town is not big enough for the two of them. Complicating matters for Abe is that Simcoe now knows the alias of the American spy on Long Island -- Samuel Culper."
- ―Official description
- "Ruthless and bloodthirsty, a blunt instrument of war, Simcoe harbors an intense dislike of most colonists, especially Abe. Simcoe's lack of restraint is his undoing, however, and his murder of Caleb's uncle allowed Hewlett to dislodge him from Setauket by the end of the first season. Major John André had a use for Simcoe's remorseless ways, however: hunting down Rebel spies on Long Island. Appointed leader of the Queen's Rangers in place of Robert Rogers, Simcoe relocated the unit back to Setauket in Season 2, a provocation to his former commander Hewlett. Their feud came out into the open, and Setauket was nearly torn apart by a civil war between rival British forces. In Season 3, Simcoe learned the name Samuel Culper but was fooled by Abe into thinking Culper was Robert Rogers. Simcoe got his comeuppance when he tried to have Abe hanged for striking him and was instead banished from the town for burning Colonel Cooke's fields. As Season 4 opens, Simcoe is keen to repay old grudges. At Rivington's Coffeehouse he is introduced to someone he admires: Benedict Arnold. Tasked to work together and bring Virginia to the sword, Simcoe's no-nonsense soldiering conflicts with Arnold's insatiable greed. That's not to say he is without distraction himself—his thirst for retribution is unmatched, endangering Abe and the other members of the Ring."
- ―Official description