Feb 6, 2016
This long-lost American tale, titled "The Army of Two", tells the true story of two sisters, Rebecca and Abigail Bates, the daughters of a lighthouse keeper in Scituate, Massachusetts, who, during the War of 1812, use their daring and imagination to turn back a British warship which was about to unload troops onto their shore. The British had been raiding along the coast all summer of 1814, sacking towns and burning American ships, creating terror and havoc in their effort to subdue the upstart colonists. The Scituate Lighthouse had been built in 1811 to warn ships of the harbor, and was manned by Captain Bates, who lived there with his large family, the two eldest of which were Rebecca and Abigail. The local militia had spent most of the summer there guarding the town and harbor, but when the raids slowed, the militia left. One day, when their father was in town, the two girls spotted a large British ship, which was launching troops in barges, troops which would undoubtedly ransack the town. The two sisters grabbed a fife and drum, which the local militiamen had taught them to play, and, hidden from sight, played "Yankee Doodle" loud enough that the sound could be heard by the men in the barges and on the ship. Thinking that there must be a militia nearby, the barges turned back toward the ship, which had used the high tide to drift in closer. The origin of the tune "Yankee Doodle" is told within the story. Thanks to Tim Abbott and his blog at www.greensleeves.typepad.com for the inspiration for this great story. Visit our website at www.1001storiespodcast.com to see other episodes at both of our shows. Drop a comment at www.facebook.com/1001Heroes. PLEASE SHARE OUR SHOW--THAT'S HOW WE GROW!