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With apologies to our dear Britberries, today we honor some of the heroes in the struggle of the US to gain its independence from the mother country, along with some of the more interestingly named Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD HEROES

AARON Burr—fought in the War for Independence before he served as Vice President and fought his famous duel

ALEXANDER Hamilton—served as aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, before his later accomplishments

ANTHONY Wayne – won major recognition for bravery as a general in the American Revolution, also known as (oops!) “Mad” Anthony Wayne

ARTEMAS Ward —  an important general in the war and a Congressman from Massachusetts

AUSTIN Dabney – a slave who became a private in the Georgia militia and fought the British

BETSY (Elizabeth) Ross—even though she well might not have made the first American flag

CASIMIR Pulaski – Polish-born “Father of the American Cavalry” under Washington

CRISPUS Attucks – a fugitive slave who became the first casualty of the Revolution when he was shot and killed in the Boston Massacre

DEBORAH Sampson — first known woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat

EBENEZER Learned – a brigadier general in the Continental Army

ENOCH Poor –another brigadier general, called by Washington “an officer of distinguished merit”

ESEK Hopkins – a Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy during the war

ETHAN Allen – war hero who formed the Green Mountain Boys and was responsible for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga

EVAN Shelby, Jr – a Revolutionary War militia leader

HAYM Salomon – Polish-born Jewish immigrant who played a key role in financing the Revolution

HORATIO Gates – a retired British soldier who served as an American general during the Revolutionary War

ISAAC Shelby —  a captain who served under his father Evan

ISRAEL Putnam – one of the great military heroes of the American Revolution, known for his reckless courage and fighting spirit

LYDIA Darragh – Quaker woman who (probably) warned Washington of an impending attack

MERCY Otis Warren –a Patriot writer who authored plays and poems advocating independence

MOLLY Pitcher, born Mary Ludwig, given that epithet because she fetched water to soldiers in battle; later Washington made her a non-commissioned officer

NATHANAEL Greene – Quartermaster responsible for getting supplies to the army

PATRICK Henry – patriot and brilliant orator (“Give me liberty or give me death.”)

PAUL Revere–a courier for the rebels, immortalized in the Longfellow poem about his midnight ride

PEYTON Randolph —  A Revolutionary leader who was called “the father of his country” before Washington was

POLLY COOPER – an Oneida Indian woman who took part in an expedition to aid the Continental army at Valley Forge

SALEM Poor – A hero of the battle of Bunker Hill

SAUL MatthewsAfrican-American Revolutionary War spy who obtained important information from the British and was then emancipated

SETH Warner – Revolutionary War hero, a leader of the Green Mountain Boys

SILAS Deane –the first U.S. Diplomat sent abroad to secure French aid for the Revolutionary cause

SYBIL Ludington – a sort of female Paul Revere who, at 16, rode 40 miles in a night storm to warn the militia that the British were burning Danbury, Connecticut

THADDEUS Kosciuszko –a Polish nobleman who fought for American independence as an engineer and a cavalry officer

SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE who were not named John, James, Thomas, William et al

ABRAHAM Clark

ARTHUR Middleton

BUTTON Gwinnett

CAESAR Rodney

CARTER Braxton

ELBRIDGE Gerry

JOSIAH Bartlett

LYMAN Hall

OLIVER Wolcott

ROGER Sherman

H A P P Y  F O U R T H , E V E R Y B E R R Y ! ! !

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