Autograph document written by Rebecca Bates, a heroine of the War of 1812. Bates was the daughter of the lighthouse keeper at Scituate Harbor, Massachusetts. During the War of 1812, Bates and her sister, Abigail, noted the approach of two boats full of British soldiers. The girls grabbed a fife and drum and made such a racket that the British believed there was a large American force ashore and turned back. She and her sister were dubbed “The Army of Two.” The 5×2.75 document reads:
Rebecca W. Bates, Born 1793 aged 86 years one of the American army of two in the War of 1812 who with her sister aged 15 years saved two large vessels laden with flour and their crews from imprisonment with fife and drum from being taken by the British off Scituate Harbor Mass.
Rebecca the fifer
Mounted to slightly larger sheet. Incredible example of a RARE signature.