Sarah Bradlee Fulton – Women in the American Revolution


Sarah Bradlee Fulton (December 14, 1740, Dorchester – 1835, Medford) was an active participant of the Revolutionary War on the American side. A tablet stone was dedicated to her memory in Medford, Massachusetts in 1900

She was born in 1740 as Sarah Bradlee in Dorchester, married John Fulton in 1762 and moved to Medford. She was an active member of Daughters of Liberty and is sometimes referred to as the “Mother of the Boston Tea Party”. She was involved with the Revolutionary War on several occasions. In June 1775, after the Battle of Bunker Hill, she organized women to nurse wounded soldiers. In March 1776, she volunteered to dispatch an important message from John Brooks, the mayor of Medford, to George Washington to the Charleston war front. She managed to cross the enemy lines and return home safe. Still later, during the Siege of Boston, she and her husband used their own ship to provide the American troops in Medford with wood and fuel.

A play Sarah Bradlee Fulton, Patriot: A Colonial Drama in Three Acts was written about her by Grace Jewett Austin in 1919.