allen's tavern

Tallmadge tells about “a country girl,” sent into Philadelphia supposedly to sell eggs but told to “obtain some information respecting the enemy.” Tallmadge was “at a tavern called the Rising Sun,” getting a report from the egg seller when he was warned that British cavalry were nearby. “Stepping to the door,” he wrote, “I saw them at full speed chasing in my patrols.” Tallmadge leaped to his saddle, hoisted up the woman, and galloped off. During a three-mile ride, “although there was considerable firing of pistols, and not a little wheeling and charging, she remained unmoved, and never once complained of fear” (x).

#HistoricalTallmadge Month | August 2017