Nancy Morgan Hart is one of the many recognized woman of the American Revolutionary War. She was known for her profound patriotism and bravery. During the war, Nancy Hart had a dislike for the British Tories and her story has been retold over the centuries.
Nancy was married to Benjamin Hart and bore at least eight children. She was stood about six feet tall and had flaming red hair. She was a quite the marksman using her musket. The Indians who knew who called her “Wahatchee” which meant “War Woman” out of respect and fear they had for her.
Due to her bravery in the war, Nancy had killed a soldier and wounded another while keeping the other Tories at gun-point and until they could be hung. One well-known incident that involved Nancy was the capture of the Tories who had savagely murdered Colonel John Dooley, a fellow Patriot. While watching the men die for their involvement of Colonel Dooley’s death she was known to have sung Yankee Doodle, fulfilling her vow to avenge their deed.
Nancy was also known to dress as a man and enter British camps spying on the enemy to receive important information on the British troops. Nancy Hart played an important role during the Revolutionary war, her contribution will not be forgotten.
On December 7, 1853 a new county was developed from the two counties of Franklin and Elbert. In honor of Nancy Hart, the county was named after her. Hart is the only county in Georgia to be named after a woman.