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When Deborah turned 21 she was tall and strong and looking for adventure
Sampson received an honorable discharge from the army in 1782, and soon after married a young farmer, Benjamin G. Gannet. She bore and raised three children before re-donning her army uniform in the 1790’s to become America’s “first woman lecturer.”
In 1781, she made herself a man's suit of clothes, trekked to recruiting post, and enlisted under the alias of Robert Shurtleff as a private soldier in the 4th.
Deborah was wounded twice in raids along the Hudson, and in a skirmish near Tarry town she suffered a sword cut to the head.
Deborah Sampson’s true identity was not discovered until 1782.
Deborah Sampson by Aaliyah Collins 11/28/16
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