Tough Patriot American Women: Deborah Samson

Fought in the American Revolution Disguised as a Man

Deborah Sampson was an indentured servant when she had enough, made a Continental Army uniform, and joined disguised as a man. She heard the signing bonus was good (never heard that one before) and kept her gender a secret. Shot twice, she avoided discovery by stitching up her own wounds: somewhat unsuccessfully. One bullet she carried around in her leg for life, as she couldn’t dig it out. When later discovered to be a woman, she was dismissed from the army but given full pay. Later, Paul Revere (a family friend) urged the government to give her a pension for life. Against all odds , she fought for our nation’s freedom and didn’t give up.

Valor is in you. Set it free.

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