Revolutionary Women In The War For American Independence

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This modern, annotated adaptation of the original three-volume edition of Women of the American Revolution by Elizabeth Ellet restores, in a single volume, a unique compilation of the roles played by eighty-four American women in the Revolutionary War. A best-seller in the 1850s, Ellet's work is here carefully edited for today's readers by a distinguished Revolutionary War historian. It contains a new introduction and many explanatory footnotes. A new organization arranges these biographies from north to south by...

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Overview

This modern, annotated adaptation of the original three-volume edition of Women of the American Revolution by Elizabeth Ellet restores, in a single volume, a unique compilation of the roles played by eighty-four American women in the Revolutionary War. A best-seller in the 1850s, Ellet's work is here carefully edited for today's readers by a distinguished Revolutionary War historian. It contains a new introduction and many explanatory footnotes. A new organization arranges these biographies from north to south by colony, underlining the vast differences in class and culture among the various states.

While not America's earliest female historian, Elizabeth Ellet may easily lay claim to being America's first historian of women. Before publication of her books, readers had come close to losing track of the important role played by women in the War for Independence. Ellet preserved these valuable stories through reliance, whenever possible, on first-person accounts which are still as fresh and compelling today as they were in the nineteenth century. A vivid and comprehensive account which will be of interest to both military historians and scholars of women's history.

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US historian Diamant has combined the biographies of over 80 unusual women and excised repetition and duplications spread across the original three-volume set. The arrangement is geographical, considering in turn the war in the northeast, the middle states, and the south. A final section is called Sleeping with the Enemy. Historical and biographical notes are included, but no bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962630
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

LINCOLN DIAMANT studied American History at Columbia University and was a writer for CBS News before he became a biographer and historian of the American Revolution.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Author 7
Author's 1848 Preface 15
Author's 1850 Preface 19
The Women of the Revolution 23
I The War in the Northeast
1 Massachusetts 31
Abigail Smith Adams 32
Mary Smith Cranch 33
Mary Draper 33
Deborah Sampson Gannett 35
Dorothy Quincy Hancock 39
Sarah Fuller Hull 39
Lucia Flucker Knox 39
Mrs. Oliver Pond 42
Sarah Quincy Smith 43
Mercy Otis Warren 43
Hannah Winthrop 48
Mrs. David Wright 51
2 New Hampshire (and Vermont) 55
Frances Brush Allen 56
Elizabeth Smith Peabody 58
3 Rhode Island 59
Mary Bowen 60
Catherine Littlefield Greene 60
4 Connecticut 65
Anna Warner Bailey 66
Rebecca Sanford Barlow 67
Ursula Wolcott Griswold 68
Frances Ledyard 69
5 New York 71
Cornelia Van Cortlandt Beekman 72
Magdalen Bevier 74
Blandina Elmendorf Bruyn 75
Jane Cannon Campbell 77
Mrs. Jackson 79
Janet Livingston Montgomery 80
Mary Lindley Murray 81
Catherine Van Rensselaer Schuyler 82
Lady Stirling (Sarah Livingston Alexander) 83
Margaret Todd Whetten 84
II The War in the Middle States
6 New Jersey 91
Elizabeth Rogers Borden 92
Hannah Ogden Caldwell 92
Susannah French Livingston 94
Esther de Berdt Reed 95
Annis Boudinot Stockton 100
Martha Stewart Wilson 102
7 Pennsylvania 107
Sarah Franklin Bache 108
Rebecca Biddle 111
Margaret Cochran Corbin 112
Lydia Darrah 113
Elizabeth Graham Ferguson 115
Mary Ludwig Hays 119
Mary Redmond 121
Esther Skinner 121
Frances Slocum 123
8 Maryland 129
Anne Frisby Fitzhugh 130
9 Delaware 133
Hannah Erwin Israel 134
III The War in the South
10 Virginia (and Kentucky) 139
Mrs. Davies 140
"John's Wife" 141
Mrs. John Merrill 141
Mrs. John Walker 142
Martha Dandridge (Custis) Washington 142
Mrs. Woods 145
Elizabeth Zane 145
11 North Carolina (and Tennessee) 149
Martha Polk Brevard 150
Rachel Craighead Caldwell 151
Margaret Sharpe Gaston 153
Mary Hooks Slocumb 155
12 South Carolina 159
Martha Bratton 160
Mrs. Dillard 162
Isabella Barber Ferguson 163
Emily Geiger 165
Nancy Stinson (Anderson) Green 165
Mrs. Thomas Heyward 169
Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson 170
Sarah Wayne McCalla 171
Elizabeth Marshall Martin 173
Mrs. Richard Shubrick 175
Mrs. John Simpson 176
Mrs. Strong 177
Esther Gaston Walker 178
Eliza Yonge Wilkinson 179
Eleanor Wilson 182
13 Georgia 187
Nancy Hart 188
14 Sleeping with the Enemy 193
Lady Harriet Acland 193
Margaret Shippen Arnold 195
Rebecca Franks 199
Mrs. Mary Harvey 200
Jane McCrea 201
Flora McDonald 203
Margaret Moncrieff 204
Mary Philipse Morris 208
Mrs. Munro 209
Baroness Friederike Von Riedesel 209
Index 219
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