Hannah Weston and the Battle of the Margaretta
Everyone knows the stories of the The Boston Tea Party, Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill, but the “Founding Fathers” weren’t the only people worthy of a place in American History. Concurrent with these events, a scrappy band of men and women fought the first naval battle of the American Revolution with pitchforks, sticks and stones, and a few rusty muskets. With almost nothing but heart and soul, they fought the British in an event that James Fenimore Cooper came to call “The Lexington of the Sea.” One of the heroes of this battle you won’t read about in the major history books is sixteen year old Hanna Weston. Five months pregnant, she carried 40 pounds of household metals melted down into ammunition. She trekked sixteen miles through the wilderness from then Chandler’s River to Machias when she realized that her husband and the other men who’d fight the British couldn’t possibly survive unless she took it upon herself to act. What was she thinking? How did she do it? Where did she get the strength to push on? Why not leave it to someone else? Would you? Join us to find out.
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