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JULY 20: The Girl Who Won the Revolutionary War, with Libby McNamee

  • Historic St. John's Church, 1741 2401 E. Broad Street Richmond United States (map)

Book Talk

Susanna’s Midnight Ride:

THE Girl who won the Revolutionary War

Author Libby McNamee presents a talk on the true story of Susanna Bolling, a young girl from City Point, VA who warned Lafayette and saved him from the British. Book signing after the reading.



TICKETS can be purchased online or at the Gift Shop on the day of the show.

We’ve all heard of Paul Revere, but have you heard of Susanna Bolling? 

Almost five years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution hung in the balance.  In late May 1781, General Cornwallis invaded City Point, VA and quartered his army there. As 16-year-old Susanna Bolling served the British general and his officers dinner, she overheard their plans to capture General Lafayette and crush the American rebellion once and for all.  Under the cover of darkness, she snuck out of her house through a secret underground tunnel and canoed downriver.  Then she grabbed a neighbor's horse and rode ten miles to warn Lafayette.  But would she make it back home by sunrise without detection?  

This year the Virginia General Assembly recognized Susana's bravery, making her birthday of December 5 "Susanna Bolling Day" throughout the Commonwealth.


A writer and lawyer, Libby McNamee loves exploring Virignia's many historical sites. When a descendant told her about Susanna Bolling's heroism, Libby was determined to share it with the world. Susanna's Midnight Ride is her first published novel.

Libby served as a US Army JAG Officer in Korea, Bosnia, Germany, and Washington State. She and her book-obsessed husband and son live in Richmond, Virginia.  A Boston native, Libby graduate from Georgetown University and Catholic University Law School.

Check out her Facebook Page @LibbyMcNameeAuthor and her website at