Deborah Sampson

The American Heroine


This American heroine, named Deborah Sampson, was born December 1st 1760, in Plymton, Massachusetts. She died April 29, 1827, at the age of 66 due to Yellow Fever.

Double Idenity

Deborah Sampson fought in the American Revolution disguised as a male soldier. She was at the age of 21 when she joined the war, though she registered as being 17 and her name as being Robert Shurtlieff.

Throughout the war she put her life on the line fighting for American's Independence, as she also feared that her true identity may be discovered.

While on a scouting party with other American soldiers, Deborah was shot in both the leg and the head. She believed she was going to die and the British army also believed her to be dead, as they left her body there.

Later on, another American soldier took her to the hospital. Her wounds were treated and she survived. The doctor, who tended to her wounds, found out that she really was a woman, though he decided to keep her secret.

Life After Service

The nephew of the doctor who kept her secret, fell in love with her and her secret was revealed. When the General found out that she was really a woman she was discharged from service, but with given respect and an excellent service record.

Deborah Sampson, also known as Deborah Sampson Gannett, married Benjamin Gannett, the doctor's nephew. Deborah and her husband, Benjamin had three kids and a marriage lasting about 42 years.

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