Deborah Sampson

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Birthday
17, 1760
Birthplace
Plympton, MA
Death Date
Apr 29, 1827 (66)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
17, 1760
Birthplace
Plympton, MA
Death Date
Apr 29, 1827 (66)

About

Revolutionary War heroine who dressed as a man and successfully served in the Continental Army for more than 17 months.

Before Fame

Her first attempt at joining the army in the guise of a man failed when she was discovered to be holding her quill pen like a woman.

Trivia

She suffered two leg wounds in 1782, however, fearing discovery, she refused treatment and removed one of the musket balls with a pocket knife.

Family Life

Her grandmother, Priscilla Mullins Alden, sailed to America on the Mayflower. She was married to Benjamin Gannett and together they had four children.

Associated With

She appealed to Governor John Hancock and finally received payment for her army service.