Every schoolchild knows about Paul Revere's 20-mile ride to warn that the British were coming. Far fewer know that 16-year-old Sybil Ludington rode twice as far on her horse Star in order to help her father, Colonel Ludington, muster his scattered troops to fight a marauding enemy. Few know about Martha Bratton, who blew up a supply of gunpowder to keep it from approaching British troops and boldly claimed, "It was I who did it!"
Susan Casey gives Ludington, Bratton, and 18 other remarkable girls and women the spotlight they deserve in this lively collection of biographical profiles. These women took action in many ways: as spies, soldiers, nurses, water carriers, fundraisers, writers, couriers, and more. Women Heroes of the American Revolution brings a fresh new perspective to their stories resulting from interviews with historians and with descendants of participants of the Revolution and features ample excerpts from primary source documents.
"In a clear writing style, Casey profiles 20 female figures in this collection of biographies of women involved with the American Revolution....The author shares her research of differing accounts of the same events, so the readers can decipher the evidence for themselves. Each piece is brief — no more than 10 pages, and readers will find them very accessible. This well-researched book sheds light on lesser known women of this period and is an excellent way to incorporate diversity into the curriculum." — Glynis Jean Wray, School Library Journal