The shooting stopped with the Battle of Yorktown last week on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies and on Saturday, AMC period drama spent its final hour showing viewers what happened to all of the characters after the Revolutionary War ended.
You know what George Washington and Alexander Hamilton did after the war; here’s what became of the others:
Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell)
On the show: Everyone’s favorite cabbage-farming spy fell on hard times in the immediate aftermath of the war. He’d already signed over his late father’s estate to Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman) in exchange for remaining silent about the whole “I am Culper” thing. Making matters worse, he had never been reimbursed for the travel expenses he ran up traveling back and forth (not to mention risking his life) during the war. He was working at the tavern formerly owned by the Strongs, the site of a reunion dinner for the main characters, including General Washington (Ian Kahn). So Abe asked for his back pay and he got it, from Washington’s own coffers.
“It’s a very hard lesson that I’ve learned well,” the future president told Abe, referencing how unreimbursed expenses helped to push Benedict Arnold to defect. “Failure to settle accounts can turn friend to foe. The payment of a debt is a freedom felt by all.” (By the way, Washington did tour Long Island and visit Setauket but it wasn’t until 1790, when he was already president.)
In real life: Woodhull didn’t actually wed his wife Mary until after the war. They had three kids together. In 1824, nearly two decades after her 1806 death, he remarried but died two years later at age 75. He is buried in Setauket.
Benjamin Tallmadge (Seth Numrich)
On the show: During the reunion dinner in Setauket, Tallmadge, who served as Washington’s right-hand man during the war, announced he was engaged to marry Mary Floyd, the daughter of a general who signed the Declaration of Independence.
In real life: After marrying his wife in 1784, the former intelligence officer went into politics. He was elected to Congress in 1801, where he represented Connecticut for 16 years . He had seven children, the youngest of whom bore the name of the man he served throughout the war: George Washington. He died in 1835 at age 81. He remained tight-lipped about the Culper ring in his memoir, published 23 years…