Born to the wealthy Kemble family in the Province of New Jersey, Margaret Kemble married General Thomas Gage in 1758 and moved to England. They returned when Gage was tasked with enforcing the British Intolerable Acts. Margaret Kemble Gage is thought to be the source of information given to Joseph Warren, a leader of the Sons of Liberty, warning of the British plan to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock, known to be at Lexington; and seize gun powder and cannon belonging to the colonists, thus precipitating Paul Revere’s ride to alert the local militias.
Many women contributed to the fight for freedom before and during the Revolutionary War. They served as soldiers, spies, nurses, and protected the home front while their brothers, husbands, and fathers served in the local militia and the Continental Army.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While the war started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies with weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years’ War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Margaret Kemble Gage History Mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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