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Saluting the women:
Part IX

A final look at the courageous women

by Emily L. Marcason

For the many women, including the Baroness and other officers' wives, and children who were attached to the British troops, the surrendering on Oct. 17 meant they would no longer be in the heat of battle. However, they still had to endure many hardships, including disease, and scarcity of food.

Major and Lady Acland were allowed to return to England in 1778 and the von Riedesel family returned to Germany in 1783. For the thousands of others attached to units, their fates are unknown. If a woman was lucky enough not to have become a widow during the war, then she would go home with her husband or to her family.

The women of the Revolutionary War have been traditionally silenced in history. Yet, they played a vital role, in both the American and British Armies. There were no doubt more influential women then just the Baroness and Lady Acland. Sadly, though, because the women of the Revolutionary War have been silenced, information is scarce. Luckily, the Baroness and Lady Acland recorded some of the most intriguing insights of the war. 1


1 Eric Schnitzer, Park Ranger/Historian, Interview conducted 2/23/04 by Emily Marcason.

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