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Colonial women played pivotal roles in Revolution

On July 4, Americans celebrated guys such as George Washington and Patrick Henry. But the ladies also deserve some praise.

Thousands of women took part in America’s revolution against the British. Their roles ranged from “camp followers,” who cared for soldiers in battle, to spies and even combatants. Many were American Revolution heroines.

We don’t know if she shouted “The British are coming,” but Sybil Ludington was a female version of Paul Revere. Her father was commander of the American militia in Duchess County, NY., just across from Danbury, Conn. On the night of April 26, 1777, he got word that British troops were burning Danbury and heading his way. All 400 men in...