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Lydia Darragh

A woman who kept a secret from her husband. A woman with a conscience. A good description of Lydia Darragh. Lydia was a Quaker, someone whose religious beliefs prevented her from getting involved with the war. The British found this convenient, using her house for meetings. At one such meeting, Lydia overheard the British plan a surprise attack on General George Washington and his men at a nearby camp. She personally delivered the information to Washington's troop, turning a British victory into disappointment. But, how could she get involved if her religion forbade her doing so? Through prayer, she came to the conclusion that many would suffer and die if she did not act. This is another example of a woman getting involved where only a woman could.