Monday, September 14, 2009

Long Live the "Independent Dames"!

"Independent Dames"! Ever Heard of Sybil Ludington? Sarah Fulton? Kate Barry? No? But we all know Paul Revere and Patrick Henry. These women did as much and more than any man to aid in the fight for American Independence.

Sybil Ludington? On the night of April 26, 1777, her family received word that British troops had begun burning Danbury, Connecticut. A messenger arrived at Col. H. Ludington's home, begging for relief. The Colonel sent his 16 year old daughter, Sybil, on a mission to "raise the militia"! She rode through the night- over 40 miles (more than twice Mr. Revere's ride)- and raised an army of 400!
Sarah Fulton? "Mother of the Boston Tea Party", she helped organize and disguise her husband, brother and the "Sons of Liberty" in their protest raid on British shipping in 1773. She took care of wounded soldiers brought down from the Battle of Breed's (Bunker) Hill and snuck messages to Gen. Washington through British lines during the siege of Boston.
Kate Barry? A spy and scout for American troops in South Carolina. Prior to the "Battle of the Cowpens", a major Colonial victory, Kate gathered and led a large number of militia rifleman to bolster the forces under American commander, Daniel Morgan.
Long Live the "Independent Dames"!

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