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Military Science 12 Prof. Zenon The Role of Women in American Wars Throughout history, women have played important roles in the progression and advancement of the United States. Many women stand out in our minds as prominent historical figures such as Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart, but it is the women that go unrecognized for their contributions to our country that helped to shape our country to the way it is today. Women who dressed as men, left their children at home, and went away to war. Not because they had to or were forced to, women into war for the pure reason of protecting our country. From taking care of our soldiers to battling in the frontline, women have always been an imperative part of warfare historically. The women of the nineteenth century made an undeniable contribution to the war efforts. Even though they suffered through gender hardships they are forever remembered for their immense contributions to numerous American wars. Although women had a tremendous impact in many of America’s wars, the ones in which they made the largest contribution in history were the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The first such war women had a critical involvement in was the American Revolution. The American Revolution was a war that took place the in the last quarter of the eighteenth century from 1775 to 1783 in which the thirteen original colonies fought for freedom from the British Empire. When people think about the American Revolution and the historical figures involved, names such as George Washington and Paul Revere seem to come to mind. However there are many less well-known people that impacted the war, many of whom were women. One such prominent figure in the American
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Revolution was Sybil Ludington. Sybil Ludington was born a daughter to Colonel Henry Ludington in 1761 in a city that was at that time known as Fredericksburg, New York. Her father was an officer for the 7 th Regiment of the Dutchess County Militia, a voluntary regimen of men in the Revolutionary War (“Historic Patterson”). One night as Sybil was putting her younger siblings into bed, then without warning British troops started attacking the nearby village of Danbury, Connecticut. Sybil convinced her father to let her ride into town in order to warn others of the British’s burning of Danbury. She rode to nearby towns of Carmel, Mahopac, Kent Cliffs, and then onto Farmer Mills warning militia members of the impending attack (“Historic Patterson”). Although the town of Danbury was unable to be saved, many people were able to flee towns nearby with their lives intact. For her bravery and her warning of impending British invasion, Ludington is remembered as the female “Paul Revere.” Another such woman that contributed to the colonies victory over the British in the Revolutionary War was Deborah Sampson. Deborah Sampson was the first known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat” (“Stories Deborah Sampson”).
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