Nathaniel Sackett
Nathaniel Sackett in-universe
Basic Information
Status: Deceased
Age: 40
Date of birth: 1737
Date of death: December, 1777
Nationality: United States of America flag 13 stars American
Affiliation: Culper Ring
Family Information
Played by: Stephen Root
Seasons: 1, 2
First appearance: "Mr. Culpeper"
Last appearance: "Sealed Fate"
Appears in: 1 series, 2 seasons, 4 episodes

Nathaniel Sackett (died December, 1777) was a spymaster for General George Washington. He assisted General Washington and Major Benjamin Tallmadge in the official creation of the Culper Ring.


American Revolutionary WarEdit

In 1776, General George Washington sent for a messenger, to get a message to Westchester County, to be delivered to Sackett, a civilian, in the hopes of recruiting others like him, having need of their services.

Sackett met up with General Washington and after intelligence information from Abraham Woodhull made its way to General Washington, leading to victories at Trenton and Princeton, Washington introduced Sackett to General Charles Scott, the head of intelligence and Captain Benjamin Tallmadge, who had assisted in getting the intelligence to Washington.

Nathaniel Sackett discusses spy tactics with Charles Scott and Benjamin Tallmadge

Sackett discussing spy tactics with General Scott and Major Tallmadge.

General Washington had brought the three men together to discuss the formation of a spy ring, with Scott opposing Sackett's being there as he was a civilian and Tallmadge questioning Washington's source of discovering Abe's name. Washington left the three to discuss it, which ended up with no final decision on the matter, with Tallmadge sourcing trust as his objection.

After General Washington revealed his source of finding Abe's name to Ben, he agreed to the formation of a spy ring, being promoted to Major and being put in charge as the head of intelligence. General Scott was assigned to the war front and the Culper Ring was officially formed, with General Washington, Major Tallmadge, Lieutenant Caleb Brewster, Abe, Anna Strong, Anna's former slave, Abigail and Sackett involved in the ring.

Later, Ben told Washington that they decoded enemy dispatches using a cipher key that Abe obtained from John André's residence. They learned that the British were planning to attack Philadelphia from the south, rather than the north as scouting reports had previously led them to believe. Washington told Ben to lead troops north to play into Britain's feint while they shored up their southerly defenses.

Ben later decided to lead his men to Setauket, after learning that his father, Caleb's uncle and other Patriots had been imprisoned by the British Army. The decision lead to the Battle of Setauket and the death of Caleb's uncle, but also to the freeing of the remaining prisoners.

Characters metEdit


Caleb BrewsterEdit

Charles ScottEdit

Benjamin TallmadgeEdit

George WashingtonEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

Nathaniel Sackett was portrayed by Stephen Root in Seasons 1 and 2 of Turn: Washington's Spies.




Season 2Edit

"A civilian member of the Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies (a proto-CIA), Sackett works alongside Ben Tallmadge in devising novel ways to obtain intelligence. He is as offbeat as his ideas, several of which are far ahead of their time, while others are completely harebrained. His intellect and creativity are prized by Washington, who secretly funds a workshop where Sackett contrives new gadgets for spycraft, a sort of 18th century version of Q’s laboratory from the James Bond movies."
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