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The Silenced Witnesses:
Part I

The women behind the lines

by Emily L. Marcason

The Battles of Saratoga have been noted as the turning point of the Revolutionary War and are often told from the soldier's perspective, which illustrates horrific battles and tragedy. Yet, there are other witnesses to these battles in Saratoga.

They were heroic. Yet, they have been silenced. The women of the Revolutionary War were just as instrumental in America's eventual victory and Britain's long success as the men who fought in the battles. The women of the eighteenth century were devoted to their soldiers and proved so by the dedicated tasks they performed day in and day out.

Women like Molly Pitcher, the Baroness von Riedesel, Lady Christian Henrietta Acland and many others were all different in patriotism but similar in their common bond of womanhood.

British Officer Thomas Anbury acknowledged the devotion of women when he wrote: "You will readily allow that it is the highest test of affection in a woman, to share with her husband the toils and hardships of the campaign, especially such a one as the present. . . . she traversed dreary regions, encountered hunger and weariness, and witnessed all the carnage of a long-disputed field - unanimated by the tumult, and without sharing the glory."

-Part II-
The Long Journey


Saratoga National Historical Park, Women at the Battle of Saratoga, 21 April 2002. <> ( Link is currently dead- Originally accessed 29 Jan 2004)

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