Deborah <I>Sampson</I> Gannett

Deborah Sampson Gannett

Plympton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 29 Apr 1827 (aged 66)
Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 377 · View Source
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Revolutionary soldier and folk hero. First known American woman to disguise herself as a man to join the Army. In May 1778, she enlisted in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army. None of her fellow soldiers suspected she was a woman, despite teasing her that she never had to shave. She fought in several battles, and was wounded twice. On both occasions, she refused medical attention, for fear her identity would be discovered. However, her true identity was discovered by a doctor who was treating her for a severe illness. She was honorably discharged in October 1783. She later married Benjamin Gannett, and later gave birth to two daughters and a son. With the help of Paul Revere, Deborah recieved a pension of 34 pounds starting in 1792. She was named official heroine of Massachusetts in 1983.

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