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Herman Mann

Deborah Sampson, Soldier of the Continental Army : An American Woman Who Fought During the American War of Independence

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A famous female soldier of the Revolutionary War

There have been few notable women who have joined their nations colours to fight in its causes on the battlefield. Fewer still have actually donned the uniform of a soldier and in the guise of men fought in in the ranks. Several nations have notable examples. The English have their 'Mother Ross' who fought as a dragoon during Marlborough's campaigns and there are several examples from both sides of the American Civil War. Deborah Sampson also felt her nation's call, in her case the emergent United States of America at the time when the young country rose to shake off the shackles of colonialism. In 1778, aged just 18 years old, young Deborah disguised herself in male attire and attempted to join the ranks of Washington's Continental Army. Fearful she had been discovered she failed to report for duty; but in 1782 under the name of her late brother, Robert Shurtliff Sampson, she finally achieved her objective. She found herself posted to the distinctively uniformed ranks of the light company of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment. Deborah fought in several skirmishes before her first battlefield engagement at Tarrytown during which she was wounded in the thigh and cut about the head. Afraid of discovery, she treated herself with penknife and twine. Her gender was discovered in 1783 by a doctor who was treating her for a fever though he did not reveal his discovery. Deborah Sampson's true identity was never formally acknowledged right up to the point she was honourably discharged in October 1783. This book was originally published under the title The Female Review. Life of Deborah Sampson, the Female Soldier in the War of the Revolution.
Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket.

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Publisher
Oakpast
Book Format
Paperback
Number of Pages
180
Author
Herman Mann
Title
Deborah Sampson, Soldier of the Continental Army
ISBN-13
9780857068897
Publication Date
August, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.50 x 5.50 x 0.41 Inches
ISBN-10
085706889X

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