Women Spies- The Forgotten Heroines
In the Revolutionary War, spies were a major reason to why the Americans were victorious. All spies faced the possibility of suspicion from the Loyalists, who they lived in close proximity with. This is why women spies were so crucial in the war. Men did not suspect women as being spies, so they were able to do more things without being questioned. Women spies helped the Patriots win the war.
Anna Smith Strong
Anna Smith Strong was a brave woman who lived on Long Island in New York. She was a spy for the Americans during the Revolutionary War. She was a part of the Culper Spy Ring in Setauket, NY. She was famous for hanging her laundry and using the way she hanged them as specific codes for the continental army. There is some controversy that she was Agent 355, an unknown female agent that was a member of the Culper Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War.
Emily Geiger was sixteen years old when she stepped forward and offered to deliver a message to General Sumter. She knew the risks: execution for delivering a message as a spy. In fact, she could be convicted of treason because she was assisting the Patriots in the Revolution. She did not let that deter her though and rode 50 miles through British and Troy Territory on her reliable horse. She was a heroine for the American Revolution.
Sarah Bradlee Fulton
Sarah Bradlee Fulton was born on December 24, 1740 in Dorchester Mass. She was an active member of the Daughters of Liberty. In March 1776, she volunteered to deliver a message to General Washington from the mayor of Medford, John Brooks. She needed to cross the enemy lines and deliver the message on the Charleston war front. Fulton was succesful in her mission. She also helped disguise her husband in Mohawk war paint to take part in the Boston Tea Party. They were disguised as Indians because the Indians had alliances with both the Patriots and the Loyalists. People wouldn't know who was really at blame Because of her assistance in the Boston Tea Party, she is sometimes referred to as the Mother of the Boston Tea Party.