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Your search for posts with tags containing Molly Pitcher found 9 posts

A Plan for a British “Female Corps”

The thought of allowing women to serve in combat was considered ridiculous only a few decades ago in most western nations; it was an... The post A Plan for a British “Female Corps” appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

If Only We Had a Primary Source: Stories of the American Revolution

There are many myths associated with the American Revolution, and at JAR we do our best to set the record straight on as many... The post If Only We Had a Primary Source: Stories of the American Revolution appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Searching for Margaret Corbin

Now this is a lede:Revolutionary War hero Margaret “Captain Molly” Corbin was long thought to be buried beneath her granite monument at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The Daughters of the American Revolution moved her remains...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Jul 2018

The Original Molly Pitcher

As quoted yesterday, two publications from 1835—one in English and one in German—appear to be the first print appearances of the name “Molly Pitcher” in stories about a female artillerist at the Battle of Monmouth.But that name...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 Aug 2016

The Legend of Molly Pitcher—A New Source

Since I was on a Battle of Monmouth kick, I’ll jump to one of the most enduring American legends to come out of that fight: Molly Pitcher. As Ray Raphael wrote in Founding Myths and this article for the Journal of the American Revolution, there’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Aug 2016

Marblehead Woman

In education circles, document-based learning is all the rage. The idea is to present a historical document, ask students to examine it closely, then pose some questions. These DBQs, as they are affectionately called, are expected to introduce young people...

12 Questions with Ray Raphael

If Ray Raphael had a personal mission statement, it would likely be three sentences from a recent profile story in Reed magazine: Ray wants to rescue history from mythology. He wants our understanding of revolutionary America to be based on evidence,...

Mrs. Middleton Takes Prisoners

Although it was extremely rare for women to masquerade as soldiers during the 18th Century, the image was part of the era’s popular culture. Here we see actress Charlotte Walpole dressed as a soldier for her role as Nancy in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s...

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