While their men folk were off fighting the British or tending to political affairs, the women of the Revolutionary War years were quietly doing their part behind the scenes. Since women of that day were considered too simple to understand complex military matters, men often spoke freely around them. This allowed women to become great spies, providing food and supplies to enemy camps while listening for important information. Hannah Millikan Blair is one example of a woman who wanted to support the Patriot cause. Hannah, a Quaker wife and mother from North Carolina, was said to have given birth to a baby every year during the American Revolution. Yet she managed to help Patriot soldiers with food, supplies and other assistance according to her Quaker religious beliefs. She supplied food and medical help to soldiers hiding in the woods from Loyalist raiders, mended uniforms and carried secret messages. At times, she hid soldiers in her home or around the family farm. After her activities were discovered, the family’s home and barn were burned by Loyalists in the area. She was compensated for her loss by Congress after the war and issued a small pension for her services. Other women served by managing homesteads in their husbands’ absence, dealing with Indians and the harsh frontier environment, caring for the sick, helping raise money through female-run organizations, and refusing to purchase British goods. Many women of the American Revolution were unsung heroines who made a significant contribution to the fight for American independence.
From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution