Who was Emily Geiger?
At the period when General
Nathaniel Greene was retreating from Ninety-Six, South
Carolina during the Revolutionary War, he was anxious
to send an order to General Sumter, who was encamped on the Wateree. General Greene wanted Sumter
to join him and attack the British commander, Lord Rawdon, who had divided his forces.
But no one could be found
willing to run the risk of traveling a section of the
country controlled by vengeful Tories. At length a
young girl, Emily Geiger by name, offered her services,
greatly to the surprise of the American officer, who at
once accepted them. He accordingly wrote a letter, which
he gave to the girl, but at the same time informed her
of its contents, that she might be able to deliver the
message orally in case of accident.
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