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Lydia Darragh - A Brave Revolutionary Hero

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Lydia Darragh
A Brave Revolutionary Hero

This Prezi is a summary about the life of Lydia Darragh. This is about how she became a Revolutionary Hero, and how she helped in the Revolutionary War. You will learn a lot about this brave woman stance against the British, how she impacted the lives of others, and the sad way her life ended.
Lydia Darragh was born June 8th, 1729, in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. As a child, she didn't have a very good education, because her parents could not afford to pay for it. Later in life, she did marry. On November 2, 1753, she married the family tutor, William Darragh. A few years later, they immigrated to Philadelphia, William as a tutor, and Lydia as a midwife. They gave birth to nine children. Four died in infancy and the other five lived. Those other five are: Charles (1755), Ann (1757), John (1763), William (1766), and Susannah (1768).
Early Life
Quaker Religion did not allow people to take part in the war, on either of the Red Coats or on the Patriots sides. Charles, Lydia's son, still planned on do so. Lydia was definitely okay with his decision. Lydia began giving her son information. She did this by writing their plan in code on scrap pieces of paper, which she kept in hollow buttons she wore. Although on September 17, 1777 the British commanded her out of her house so they could use it for meetings. She stood up for the right of staying in her house, and went on her way to talk to General William Howe. She met a soldier captain William Barrington. It turns out, he was her second cousin, so he allowed her to speak to General Howe. She demanded that she be able to stay in her home. He finally agreed but demanded using her home as for meetings. One night, during a British meeting, she pretended to go to sleep in order to spy on their conversations. She overheard their plan to surprise attack forThe Continental Army on December 4. The next day, she was given permission by General Howe to "go get more flour," and to cross over Britain's side. This was part of her plan to expose them. On her way, she ran into an American officer, Colonel Craig, and told him to warn Washington of this sneak attack This is how her career as a spy started.
Lydia's impact in the Revolution
After the British Left!
In 1778 after the British troops left Philadelphia, and the rest of Lydia's family could return home, her husband, William Darragh died. In 1786, Lydia and her family moved into a new home. She ran a shop until the day she died. She died on December 18, 1789 in Philadelphia. Her death was due to a British trick. She was told that someone was robbed, and she then rushed to that location. As it turns out, no one was robbed. The British trick went perfectly as planned, and she was shot. She died from trying to help someone that she thought was in trouble. When really, nothing was wrong. She was 60 when she died, and Lydia and William were both buried near where they lived. Fourth and Arch Street.
To me, this is an amazing story, of one brave, courageous, and caring person, named Lydia Darragh.
"Though we consider thee as a public enemy, we regard thee as a private friend. While we detest the cause thee fight for, we wish well to thy personal interest, and safety."
-Lydia Darragh

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