Club news: Daughters of the American Revolution |

Club news: Daughters of the American Revolution

Beverly Moncrieff, vice regent of the chapter, served as narrator of the play. Chapter Regent Karen Keasbey portrayed Penelope Pagett Barker who, in her husband’s absence, stood up to and repelled British soldiers who were stealing her horses. Portrayed by Charlene Dorville, Mary Hays became known as “Molly Pitcher” by filling a pitcher over and over again to take water to men and horses dying of heat exhaustion after the battle of Monmouth in 1778.

Chapter Registrar Gloria Gibbel portrayed Margaret Corbin, who became known as “Captain Molly” because she took her husband’s place when he was killed in the battle at Fort Washington, ultimately becoming the first woman to receive a pension from the United States.

DAR State Regent’s Project Chairman, Betty Ponte played the part of Sybil Ludington, who was sometimes called the “female Paul Revere” because she was called upon to ride 40 miles alone at night on dark roads to alert her father, Colonel Ludington, that the British forces were burning Danbury, a patriot supply center, the result of which was that the British were driven back to their ships in Long Island Sound and left the harbor two days later.

Chapter member Penny Stowe told of Deborah Sampson Gannet, who was the first woman to enlist as a soldier in the War for Independence. Disguised as a man and under the assumed name Robert Shurtleff, she enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental army. She was wounded at Tarrytown and extracted the bullet herself so that her sex would not be discovered. Finally discovered by a doctor when hospitalized by a fever, she was honorably discharged by George Henry Knox at West Point and was pensioned for her service. After her death, her husband became the first man granted a pension by the U.S. government for the military service performed by his wife.

Chapter member Sharris Copeland described the heroic deeds of Lydia Barrington Darragh who learned of a British planned surprise attack on Whitemarsh where her son was stationed in the Continental Army, alerting General Washington, who repelled the potential attack.

Finally, chapter member Susan Carr told the audience about Hannah White Arnett’s part in encouraging disheartened patriots to pledge support to the cause of freedom. Regent Keasbey went on to explain that Hannah White Arnett influenced Mary Smith Lockwood, who was President of the Press Club in Washington, D.C., at the time, to take a stand for the women of the American Revolution, ultimately becoming a founding member of the Daughters of the American Revolution establlished on Oct. 11, 1890.

For more information about the Daughter of the American Revolution and the local Captain John Oldham Chapter call 478-0110.

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