30 October 2016

American Spies' Flight From The Rising Sun

Source - Portrait of Benjamin Tallmadge

The story below is from the History of Woman Suffrage, Volume 1 , edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony...:

An anecdote of a female spy is related in the journal of Major [Benjamin] Tallmadge. While the Americans were at Valley Forge he was stationed in the vicinity of Philadelphia with a detachment of cavalry to observe the enemy and limit the range of British foraging parties.  His duties required the utmost vigilance, his squad seldom remained all night in the same position, and their horses were rarely unsaddled.  Hearing that a country girl had gone into the city with eggs; having been sent by one of the American officers to gain information; Tallmadge advanced toward the British lines, and dismounted at a small tavern [Rising Sun] within view of their outposts. The girl came to the tavern, but while she was communicating her intelligence to the Major, the alarm was given that the British light-horse were approaching.  Tallmadge instantly mounted, and as the girl entreated protection, bade her get up behind him. They rode three miles at full speed to Germantown, the damsel showing no fear, though there was some wheeling and charging, and a brisk firing of pistols.

This site has an article entitled The Talented Major Tallmadge.

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