Deborah Sampson Gannet

The American Revolution was a time when brave men fought for their country’s freedom. However, there were also many women who fought, including Deborah Sampson, a self-educated woman from a struggling family who disguised herself as a man named Robert Shurtleff to fight with the Patriots in the American War of Independence.

To avoid detection, Deborah went as far as leaving a bullet in her shoulder and removing a pistol ball herself from her left thigh.

Although there were some close calls, no one realized that Deborah was actually a woman until she became ill and lost consciousness at a hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1837, a congressional committee concluded that Deborah Sampson Gannet was a hero, saying the Revolution “furnished no other similar example of female heroism, fidelity and courage”.