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Women of the American Revolution

??????????On the Fourth of July, our thoughts turn to brave men who led our nation to freedom.  With the Revolutionary War raging both before and after the Declaration of Independence, it took committed women, as well, working toward the possibilities of a new way of life.

Women, often from poor backgrounds, but sometimes not, served as cooks, messengers, and soldiers.  Making themselves appear as men, the ladies took male names 1722842_431and fought alongside others.  Cooks and maids frequently worked in British camps, listening in on conversations and passing the information to the Colonists.

nancymorganhartMany carried on everyday tasks, such as hanging laundry on a clothesline, but in such a pattern as to mean something and signal nearby troops.  Other women carried baskets of letters and coded communiques, combined with everyday provisions.

About 20,000 ladies served the Continental Army as camp followers.  Some of them were wives of soldiers, or less reputable women, who would help set up and take down camp, cooking, mending uniforms, and nursing sick men, which often led to their own demise.  Rather than pay, they were given partial rations when possible.

Time would not suffice to tell of those shaping bullets by hand, or gathering other women to sew linen shirts,CookingAndSewing or bake loaves of bread for days on end when troops would pass by their town.  Some raised money for the cause, while others collected metal to be used as ammunition.

Men and women, young and old, poor and rich, fought for our freedom.  The best and most noble minds risked everything to gather in Philadelphia and construct a document that spoke of high aims and firm beliefs.  Together, everyone contributed what they could to a land fighting for freedom.

God bless the brave who have gone before us, and God bless America.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm 33:12).



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  1. avatar Sybil says:

    I should have known all that but didn’t. So glad to learn it. Thank you!

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