Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Women have helped defend the United States since the birth of our nation. Some women donned men’s clothing – passing as soldiers to serve our country long before being allowed to vote. March is Women’s History Month and very little publicity is given this event but they deserve our homage and recognition.

During the Revolutionary War the Continental Army and Colonial Militia did not allow women to enlist. Women served as cooks, seamstresses and nurses while accompanying men on battle campaigns. More than 20,000 women assisted in the above ways and down through the years women served in other ways. Deborah Sampson in May 1782 took the name of Robert Shurtlift while serving in an infantry company of the 4th Mass. Regiment. She received a musket ball on July 3, 1782 but was not found out to be a female until she became seriously ill on October 25, 1783. Another woman named Sally St. Clair joined her in battle and was killed Oct. 9, 1779.

In the War of 1812 a Mass. women named Lucy Brewer enlisted in the Marines under the name of George Baker and later found to be a women but the Marines named Lucy Brewer as the first woman Marine. She had served aboard the U.S.S. Constitution.

 

 

 

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