American women played as vital a role as men did in the bitter fight for our country's
independence during the period spanning the Revolution and the War of 1812.
The weapons they chose were as varied as the localities these women came from. In Massachusetts, the Bates sisters used a fife and drum to foil a British attack. South
Carolina's Penelope Barker chose a pen, while Maryland's Mary Pickersgill took up
a needle to sew the flag that would inspire Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-
More warlike were Georgia's Nancy Hart and West Virginia's Anne Bailey, but it was
Massachusetts-born Deborah Sampson who stunned her countrymen when she disguised herself as a man and fought in the army. For all of them loyalty to their country was fore most, especially New York's Sally Town send, who gave up the man she loved because she loved her country more.
All of these and many more stirring stories have been collected in Patriots in Petticoats -a book that not only recreates the past but lists historical sites that may be seen today.