1776 In March, the first month of assembly for the Second Continental Congress that year, Abigail Adams writes these famous words to her husband as he deliberates on the system of laws for the new country being born in revolution: Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Lexington-Fayette Map Tourist Attractions Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands.
Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. Emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining absolute power over Wives. If particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies, we are determined to foment a Rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice or Representation. 1778 On June 28, Molly Pitcher (Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley) earns her nickname by carrying water to her soldier husband and other Continental soldiers of his company who are suffering from the heat at the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey. When her husband is wounded or collapses from the heat, she mans an artillery piece of the 7th Company of Pennsylvania Artillery until the battle’s end. Before the war and her marriage, she had been a domestic servant. She receives a pension from the Pennsylvania legislature in 1822, and her story becomes even more widely known.
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