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HART, Nancy, Revolutionary heroine, born in Elbert county, Georgia, about 1755; died there about 1840. She was without education or refinement, but a zealous patriot. Although illiterate and of unprepossessing appearance, she supported the cause with many deeds of bravery, and was well known to the Tories, who stood somewhat in fear of her. On the occasion of an excursion of the British from the camp at Augusta into the interior, a party of five of the enemy came to her cabin to pillage. While they were eating and drinking at her table she contrived to conceal their arms, and when they sprang to their feet at the sound of the approaching neighbors she ordered them to surrender or pay the forfeit with their lives. One man stirred, and was shot dead. Terror of capture induced another to attempt escape, but he met with the same fate. When the neighbors arrived they found the woman posted in the doorway, two men dead on the floor, and the others kept at bay. Hart county, Georgia, is named for her.
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