Although you might not have heard of them, here’s 5 history making women from the Revolutionary War…

Abigail Adams

The wife of Massachusetts Congressional Delegate John Adams, and later First Lady to our second President John Adams, wrote letters back to then-Delegate Adams while he was in Philadelphia. In her correspondence, she reinforced the idea that, while establishing the new form of government, Del. Adams should “remember the ladies”, lest they form a revolution of their own.

Betsy Ross

Ross is often credited with sewing the first American flag. While much of the story lies in oral tradition, regardless there is powerful symbolism, patriotism, and iconic history in these stars and stripes. There are thirteen alternating red and white stripes for each of the original thirteen colonies. The red denotes hardiness and valor. The white symbolizes purity and innocence. The circle of thirteen stars represented eternity. The blue field that the stars are still placed on today signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. 

Mary Ludwig Hays aka “Molly Pitcher”

In the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, Mary Ludwig Hays brought soldiers water from a nearby well to quench their thirst on an extremely humid June day. However, after seeing the action firsthand, she replaced her wounded husband, William, loading the cannon using her William’s ramrod. As Anne Rockwell shares in her book, They Called Her Molly Pitcher, “At one point, a British musket ball or cannonball flew between her legs and tore off the bottom of her skirt. She supposedly said something to the effect of, ‘Well, that could have been worse,’ and went back to loading the cannon.

Sibyl Ludington

The teenage girl version of Paul Revere, then 16-year-old-New Yorker Sibyl Ludington, actually rode her horse twice as far as Revere; and not only that, but in an intense rainstorm in April of 1777. While riding through Putnam County, New York, Ludington rallied local militia to fight a British force that had attacked Danbury, Connecticut. The Daughters of the American Revolution later erected a heroic equestrian statue to Ludington in Carmel, New York, along her forty mile route.

Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson, or as I like to call her, the Mulan of the American Revolution, disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Continental Army. From Duxbridge, Massachusetts, Sampson has a legitimate paper trail for combat service in the Army. She fought using the alias of Robert Shurtliff, the name of her deceased brother, in the light infantry company of the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment. In spring 1782, Sampson was wounded in her thigh and forehead. To maintain her identity, she received triage from her head wound. Then, she proceeded to slip out of the hospital, extracting one of the bullets from her thigh with a penknife and sewing needle. Her identity was eventually reveled, and after the Treaty of Paris, she was given an honorable discharge from the Army by Henry Knox.

Jordan O

Jordan Orris is a second year M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications graduate student at Ole Miss. She graduated from Auburn University in marketing and journalism. Originally from Henderson, Nevada, she enjoys SEC Football, reading, and politics.