Everyone knows the story of the Boston Tea Party yet few have heard of Medford’s Sarah Bradlee Fulton. Credited with the idea of disguising the men who participated as “Indians,” Sarah dressed them in Native American clothing and later disposed of their disguises.
Her valor did not end there. During the Battle of Bunker Hill, Sarah organized women to nurse and tend to wounded soldiers. A year later she travelled alone across enemy lines to deliver an urgent message to General George Washington. When a shipment of wood was confiscated, Sarah went in pursuit, reportedly grabbing a pair of oxen by the horns and leading them away, even as the British prepared to shoot her. Defiant, Sarah told them to “shootaway” and astonished, they surrendered without resistance.
Never afraid of man or beast Sarah told her grandson that she “never turned her back on anything.” A hero of the revolution, she is buried in the old Salem Street Cemetery in Medford.