As we celebrate Independence Day
, it’s important to look beyond the generals who led the battles and the men who signed the Declaration, and also pay tribute to the women who contributed to the history of the period—whether by actually sneaking onto the battlefield or by playing a role behind the scenes, or influencing the cultural life of the times.
This year once more, and again with apologies to our dear Britberries, we honor some of the (more interestingly named) heroes in the struggle of the US to gain its independence from the mother country, as well as some of the more unusually named Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Here, some early patriotic baby names:
BETSY (Elizabeth) Ross—even though she may not have actually made the first American flag
DEBORAH Sampson — first known female to impersonate a man in order to join the army and take part in combat
LYDIA Darragh – Quaker woman who (probably) warned Washington of an impending attack
MERCY Otis Warren –a political writer and propagandist who authored plays and poems advocating independence