Time to acknowledge those several ladies who made critical contributions to the American Revolution from a supine position.
There were numerous women who notably contributed to the American Revolution, and indeed, it fair to say as an equity feminist, historian, and romantic that the American Revolution and the framing of the Bill of Rights owes a heavy debt to women, from Abigail Adams to Mercy Otis Warren. But that is not the purpose of this post. This post — as I am a 14 yr. old boy trapped in a man’s body — is dedicated to those women who made their contribution to the American Revolution lying on their backs (assuming they were partial to missionary pos– . . . eh, you know what I mean), and without whom. we could not possibly have won the Revolution when we did. To those ladies of questionable morals, lax virtue and good natures, as a proud American, I salute you.
“The shot heard round the world” of April 19, 1775, was the opening salvo of the American Revolution fired by the British at Lexington Green. The plans for the British night march to Concord through Lexington, to both capture American arms and to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, were top secret. The British commander told only two people, his second in command and his wife. Yet when the British marched on Concord, the colonists were ready and immediately reacted.
The Legend: General Gage had spent several years in Boston as the overall commander of British forces. The doctor he employed for his wife and children was a local, Dr. Joseph Warren, one of our nation’s most celebrated patriots. Dr. Warren, out of an abundance of caution, is alleged to have resorted to repeated use of a unique type of thermometer to check on Mrs. Gage’s health (“Oops, there goes the mercury again. Let me get you a towel”). She kindly warned him of British plans.
What is known: Mrs. Gage was likely the informant of British plans but it is speculation that Mrs. Gage and Dr. Warren were engaged in an affair.