New England Heritage: Deborah Sampson, Revolutionary War Soldier • Sharon, Massachusetts

Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760–April 29, 1827) was one of the only women to serve in the army during the Revolutionary War. After disguising herself as a man and enlisting under the name Robert Shurtliff, she served for 18 months. Sampson was severely wounded in battle and received an honorable discharge after her gender was discovered. She later successfully fought for her rights to a military pension.

In Sharon, Massachusetts, there is a park as well as a street named after her. There is a famous statue that stands at the front of the Publix library. Her house is also a historical site, as well as her final resting place.

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