5 Things That Will Surprise You About Women In The Revolutionary War

5 Things That Will Surprise You About Women In The Revolutionary War

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  • BY: Sofia Ganzemuller
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  • Inevitably, some women were going to have the desire to help in a drastic way, and what better way to do it than actually fight in the revolution? This sounds like a good plan, but women weren't allowed to serve as soldiers, therefore, they changed their names and clothing, hoping not to get caught. Deborah Samson was a prime example, being one of the first women to serve as a man in the Continental Army. She named herself " Robert Shurtleff" and went about her duties that she performed just as well as any other man. She eventually was discovered and honorably discharged.
  • When women served as soldiers, they hid their identity and dressed as men.
  • Believe it or not, Paul Revere wasn't the only "Midnight Rider." A woman, attempting to aid the militia of British armed forces rode her horse on April 26, 1777. Being the only KNOWN women to perform such a heroic act, her efforts are still lauded today. She rode twice the length of Mr. Paul Revere (40 miles) and was only sixteen years old! Little was spoken of her achievement, but she definitely spoke for the women wanting to make a difference in the Revolution and fight for their freedom.
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  • A woman Paul Revere? Yes!
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  • Since fighting in the war wasn't technically an option for most women, they helped in other ways. A dramatic way was to stop buying British items completely. Why should they send any money over to the nurturing "Mother Country?" Women joined forces and started sewing ALL of their own clothes along with their children's. They baked their food supply, and anything else that was needed was hand-made. All in all, this was an incredibly smart idea. It was a silent but deadly approach. It slowly took Britain's income away, and they weren't realizing until much later.
  • Many Patriot women boycotted British goods, and made their own necessities.
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  • Spies weren't just men if that's what you're thinking. Women sometimes made better spies only because they're unsuspecting innocent. Females helped in various ways undercover. Some were sent to England, and others stayed in the colonies. Women wanted to do all they could to assist the Continental Army, and this was one of the biggest aids provided (besides actually dying). Women were dedicated and determined to be impeccable undercover spies. And most of the time, they succeeded.
  • Women were spies!
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  • Women did in fact replace their husbands in war! If they tried to enlist, it was illegal, however, when their husbands died, women were allowed to take their place! Many women did do this. As their husbands died from malnutrition or bullets, they stepped right in ready to fight for freedom. One of the only reasons the generals allowed this, was because the Continental Army was running low on soldiers. (most died, and some left before their term was over for various reasons.) These women filled in for the men once fighting.
  • Women took their husbands' places?
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