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Women in the Revolutionary War



Women in the Revolutionary War

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.64

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     challenging words:    historical, wounded, ammunition, history, battle, possible, army, become, support, during, effort, often, life, woman, part, stayed
     content words:    Revolutionary War, Martha Washington, Molly Pitcher, Margaret Morris, Elizabeth Burgin, Dicey Langston


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Women in the Revolutionary War
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     When the Revolutionary War broke out, men had to leave their homes and families to become soldiers. What happened to the women who stayed behind?
 
2     As you might guess, many women had to take over their husbands' duties at home. They took care of the farm animals and crops. But women helped in the war effort, too. Many women and girls who remained at home were the "support troops" of the Colonial army. They made sure the men had food, clothes, and shoes. Some women turned their homes into hospitals. There weren't many doctors at that time. When a battle was over, the women living nearby took care of wounded soldiers.
 
3     Some soldiers brought their wives with them when they went to war. The wives cooked for the soldiers. They washed the men's clothes. Women took care of the men when they were sick or hurt. Some women even helped during battles. They helped by carrying ammunition, food, and water to the men. After battles, women took care of the dead.

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