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