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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Women's History Month - Remembering Heroic Women

By Barbara Latta

While the names of famous founding fathers come to mind when thinking of the Revolution,
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the influence numerous women had on the outcome of the war goes unnoticed. Without these heroic females, battles would have been lost, more soldiers would have died and many messages not transported across enemy lines.

We will never know every act of the thousands of women who gave aid to husbands, fathers, sons and soldiers during the birthing of our nation, but Women’s History Month is an apt time to remember their brave sacrifices.

Martha Washington – We know her as the first First Lady but there are many facts about her life that are relatively unknown. When George Washington left Mount Vernon in 1775 to serve in the Continental Army, he didn’t return for six years. Martha took it upon herself to travel to the various battle sites and stay with her husband for as much as six months at a time providing food, nursing the sick, and acting as her husband’s companion and confidante. No doubt her presence and help during these times affected General Washington in some of his difficult decisions. Martha Washington’s philosophy obviously came from her deeply religious views (compare to Philippians 4:12) as she is quoted as saying, “I have determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have learnt from [experience] that the greater part of our happiness or misery [sic] depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances; we carry the seeds of the one or the
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other about with us, in our minds, wherever we go.

Because she had never left her native Virginia prior to traveling to visit her husband, the arduous journeys were difficult for her. Despite her fear of the procedure, she was willing to become inoculated against smallpox. Because this disease had taken its toll on many soldiers, General Washington’s decision to vaccinate his troops saved many lives. Mrs. Washington had to endure this procedure to prevent her exposure to the disease and the chance of spreading the threat wherever she went.

Lucy Knox – Wife of General Henry Knox, grew up with a Loyalist family and had to give them up to marry the man she loved at fourteen years of age. She provided aid to the troops along with Mrs. Washington. Most officers and their wives had homes in various parts of the colonies, but Lucy and Henry Knox did not have a permanent home until they had been married for twenty years. She and her husband opened the headquarters he used beside the artillery park at Valley Forge to aid hungry and cold soldiers.

Catherine Moore Barry – Volunteered as a scout because of her familiarity with trails around the plantation where she lived. She was an expert equestrian and became known as the “Heroine of the Battle of Cowpens” which took place on January 17, 1781. She was credited with rounding up the militia to support General Daniel Morgan. This was a victory for the Continental Army and Catherine Barry was instrumental in rallying the troops which included her husband, Captain Andrew Barry.

Sybil Ludington – Traveled over 40 miles through Putnam and Dutchess Counties to warn the militia that the British were burning Danbury, Connecticut. A messenger was dispatched to warn Sybil’s father, Colonel Henry Ludington, of the attack  but the exhausted rider was unable to continue his journey; therefore sixteen-year-old Sybil continued the task while avoiding British soldiers and Loyalists before she returned home the next day. She is known as a female version of Paul Revere.

Celebrate Women’s History Month by giving thanks for the bravery of women who were willing to step up and take the reins of leadership, care, secrecy and support in a time when females were not recognized like they are today. They didn’t do anything for recognition; they did it for the cause of the country they were fighting for.

Join the conversation and share about other women you know who have influenced history.

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