- American Army of Two
The American (sometimes Lighthouse) Army of Two is the name commonly given to Rebecca and Abigail Bates, daughters of
Scituate, Massachusettslighthouse keeper Simeon Bates.
In September, 1814, Bates was away from the
Old Scituate Lightstation with most of his family when the British landed a warship "'LaHogue'"near the harbor with the intent of sending a raiding party into the town. Soon the ship launched two long boats filled with soldiers. Rebecca and Abigail, left alone with their mother at the station, realized that there was no time to warn citizens of the impending attack. Seizing a fifeand drumthat had been left behind at the station, they began to play. The soldiers, assuming that the sound signaled the approach of the town militia, retreated hastily.
The sisters lived to be quite old, and Rebecca took to selling
affidavits for ten cents apiece in later years, always swearing the story to be true.
Singer-songwriter Greg Cherone's recording of Army of Two is a retelling of the fascinating story of how the twoyoung daughters of the lighthouse keeper, armed with only a fife and drum, prevent the British from attacking the town again.
* [http://www.myspace.com/gregcherone Singer songwriter Greg Cherone's recording of "Army of Two."]
* [http://www.highlightskids.com/Stories/NonFiction/NF0799_armyoftwo.asp Account in Highlights for Children magazine]
* [http://www.lighthouse.cc/scituate/history.html History of Scituate Light]
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