Deborah Sampson

By: Taylor Bowers

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From: Deborah Sampson was was from Plymton, Massachusetts.

Married: She married Benjamin Gannet and had three children after she returned from war.

She was considered an American hero because she decided when she was eighteen to disguise herself as a man and join the army. In may of 1781, she was addressed to Captain George Webb's Company of Light Infantry. She was a part of 2 major attacks, still no one knew she was a woman. When her and 30 other men were marching onto neutral ground, when they were engaged in a attack. She was shot in the thigh. To keep her secret alive she removed the bullet from her leg herself. She took care of her leg until it was almost completely healed.

After being shot, she could not return to war right away and was nursed to take care of sick soldiers. When she moved started to move with her army in Massachusetts, where there was a fever outbreak, she was hit with the fever and hospitalized. The physician attending her found out her secret and made sure she left the army. She then left and got married and had her three kids. She lived a normal farm wife life and taught at a school. About 9 years after she left the army she was honored. After she passed away, her kids were able to receive a bit of money for her service.