Women of the Revolutionary War ( Molly Pitcher, Deborah Sampson)

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Many People believe that women had no part in America gaining its independence from Great Britain, but in reality they had a large role.

They had traditional jobs such as...
(Nurses' duties were generally related to keeping the hospital and its patients clean. Nurses were not really used in the early years of the war, but became more predominant) in 1777.
-water bearers

But not all women were as traditional as others; some were…

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-Soldiers; but women couldn't fight in Wars in 1775… So how were they Soldiers?

Women were not allowed to join the military at the time, many women still served as secret soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

These female soldiers usually disguised themselves as men by cutting their hair, binding the breasts with bandages and changed their names to masculine names. They did this to make money. A great example is Deborah Sampson, she was from Plympton, Massachusetts and she disguised herself as a man and enlisted into the military. She fought for 1 term. She served in various duties for three years and was wounded two times. external image FFWA7XsFwMpQq5FJRU3K4Ulv0M_sIto-0VG0XhnItiNRvrYEx9NbwhD2ynBb1lkDHXTwkLHzGWOv38D706B1wi3_NR8oJ-rmG6KMB3KYbzRSA8OPR0Gs0zHyKcichTyWq_h6R_g4

-and even Spies most of the spies worked as cooks or maids in the british and eavesdropped on conversations for information. One of the most famous women spies was Ann Simpson Davis she smuggled messages in sacks of grain from Philadelphia to Buck County. She was never caught but occasionally had to swallow the message when she was being searched. Woman had to constantly make life or death decisions. They had to purposely infect their kids with smallpox and hope that they wouldn't die.
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According to the National Women’s History Museum website, most of these female spies worked as cooks and maids for the British and American military camps where they eavesdropped on conversations about troop movements, military plans, supply shortages and deliveries.
Since the war was fought on farms, city streets and the front yards of many Americans’ homes, these spies easily carried the messages and supplies they gathered to neighboring houses and farms without detection.
Not much is known about the women spies in Massachusetts since the American army didn’t have a central spy system during the Siege of Boston like it did when the war later moved on to New York.
There, the army set up the Culper Spy Ring and even devised the code name “355” specifically for women or women spies working within the ring.
"Women's activism through US history." Christian Science Monitor 11 May 2000: 9.



Women Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War