Several women, such as Deborah Champion, risked their lives as messengers for the Revolutionary forces.
Catherine Schuyler made a dangerous trip to her family’s property in Albany, New York, and destroyed the crops before the British could harvest them.
In Georgia, Nancy Hart reportedly tricked five or six British supporters who tried to take her cabin. After soothing them with whiskey, she shot two and kept the others captive until neighbors came to her rescue.
In South Carolina, Emily Geiger rode 100 miles carrying a message from one American general to another. On the way she ran into a pro-British patrol, but she managed to read and swallow the message before she was searched. She delivered her report safely.
During the American Revolution, Nancy Hart shot two British loyalists who tried to seize her cabin. She kept the rest hostage until neighbors came to help. A 19th-century engraving depicts the dramatic scene.
Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, was a strong supporter of the Revolution.
While her husband was often away on political matters, she managed the household and wrote him many thoughtful letters about American independence.