Woman Spies During The Revolutionary War
Sybil Ludington, often referred to as "the Female Paul Revere," was born on April 16, 1761 and died in 1839. Sybil is most known for her "midnight ride" during the American Revolution to warn the Americans of the British invading. When British troops and British loyalists attacked a nearby town, Danbury, Connecticut, in 1777, a rider came to the Ludington household to warn them and ask for the local regiment’s help. At the time, the Colonel’s regiment was disbanded for planting season, and all of the men were miles apart at their respective farms. The rider was too tired to continue and Colonel Ludington had to prepare for battle, so he enlisted his barely sixteen-year-old daughter, Sybil, to ride through the night, alerting his men of the danger and urging them to come together to fight back. Ludington rode all night through the dark woods, covering forty miles (a longer distance than Revere rode), and because of her bravery, almost the whole regiment was gathered by daybreak to fight the British.
Common thinking during the American Revolution conveyed that women were not smart enough to understand the issues relating to war. As a result, many women could easily overhear classified information by listening to the conversations of the men surrounding them.
Ann Bates took the pseudonym "Mrs. Barnes," posed as a peddler, and sold her goods to Americans while secretly reporting information back to the British. She even managed to gain access to George Washington's camp, which may be considered one of her biggest accomplishments.