Daughters of Liberty
By Nancy LaPierre

     It was mainly the men who went to war - who wielded the weapons and fought on the battlefield.  But 20,000 women (one for every 10 men) accompanied their soldier husbands during the Revolution, traveling from army camp to army camp, tending babies, hearths and injuries far from the comforts of their own homes.  Other women stayed behind and performed the duties that formerly had been the responsibilities of the men.
    Grace and Rachel Martin, two young patriot wives, lived with their mother-in-law, Mrs. Martin, while their soldier husbands were away.  These two young women performed a daring feat-they held up a British courier who was expected to pass by their farmhouse on his way to the next fort.  The women dressed in men's clothes and brought their rifles.  Toward dusk the British courier appeared with two escorts.  The women jumped out and raised their rifles.  In as deep a voice as possible, one ordered the soldiers to halt, then demanded their papers before allowing them to leave.  The girls took a shortcut home and immediately gave the confiscated papers to a messenger headed for an American camp.  Then they changed back into feminine attire.
     Soon, three British soldiers rode up and asked Mrs. Martin if they could spend the night.  Mrs. Martin asked if she had not seen them going by in the opposite direction earlier.  They said that she had, then explained that they had been held up by two rebel lads.  Mrs. Martin let them spend the night.  The next morning at breakfast the soldiers met the two younger Mrs. Martins, and, never suspecting anything out of the ordinary, conversed with them politely until it was time for them to ride on.

Copied with permission from http://www.celebrationusa.org/Documents_Of_Freedom_Pages_61-80.pdf

For some additional information about these women and the Martin Family go to Dr. Frank O. Clark's article at http://sciway3.net/clark/revolutionarywar/martinwomen.html

Martin
Settlement of
Abram and Elizabeth
Marshall Martin
About 1769
Near This Spot Their Daughters In Law
Sally Grace and Rachel
During American Revolution
Captured Important Dispatches From
British Soldiers on Their Way From
Augusta to Ninety Six
Erected By Martin Descendants
1953


Sons of
Abram and Elizabeth Marshall
Martin
Who were soldiers in the American
Army of the War of the RevolutionWilliam
James
John
George
Barclay
Edmund
Marshall
Matthew

This marker is located in Edgefield County.  Take  SC Hwy 230 (W. Martintown Road) to Lick Fork Lake National Forest Recreation Area.  The marker is located at the entrance.
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Last updated 18 June, 2012