Revolutionary War Women in the Spotlight March 25

Mar 20, 2019

A program on “Women in the Revolutionary War” is scheduled on Monday, March 25, at 5 p.m. at the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library.

Caryn Muskus will speak about the everyday heroines of the Revolutionary War. Tea will be served.

A retired school teacher, Muskus said she would focus on lesser known personalities, such as Elizabeth Burgin, who helped free more than 200 Americans from British prison ships.

“When the men were called to fight in the Revolution, the women had to do some tasks they weren’t accustomed to doing, such as taking care of their businesses, shops or farms,” she said.

But no talk on Revolutionary War women would be complete without Molly Pitcher, whose story Puskus will relate. “Molly Pitcher was the nickname of a woman said to have carried water to American soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778, before taking over for her husband on the battlefield after he was no longer able to fight.”

For more information, call the branch at 609-597-3381.  —E.E.

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