Yes … there were women in battle during the American Revolution. Some were wives, some were mothers, some were hangers on. The women pictured here are reenacting seamstresses employed in mending or sewing during the sultry New Jersey summer of 1778, at the Battle of Monmouth. It was here on the 27th of June, that one of the Molly Pitchers became famous for joining the fight when her husband was shot while manning a cannon.
Betty Jackson, the mother of future president Andrew Jackson joined the war as a nurse, after two of her sons became infected with smallpox while imprisoned by the British. (See Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square. )
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