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BC: Works Cited: Sampson, D. (1781). Deborah Sampson Goes to War. http://www.wikipedia.org

FC: Deborah Sampson By: Tyler Wampler

1: Deborah Sampson was born in Plymoth, Massachusetts on December 17, 1760. She had two brothers and one sister named Jonathan, Sylvia and Jeremiah. Her family was poor. When she was ten, her dad died, and they had to work as servants. Deborah Sampson decided to enlist in the army. She was the first woman who served because women were not permitted to enlist at that time.

2: Deborah Sampson was a soldier in Light Infantry Company of the Massachusetts 4th Regiment. She was a waiter to General John Patterson. Deborah married Benjamin Gannett and they had three kids, Earl, Mary, and Patience. They also adopted Susanna Baker Shepard.

4: She received two musket balls in her thigh and a huge cut on her forehead. She begged her fellow soldiers to just let her die and not take her to a hospital, but they refused to abandon her. She removed one of the balls herself with a penknife and a sewing needle.

5: She received an honorable discharge after the Treaty of Paris was signed November 3, 1783. She received a note with some words of advice from General Patterson, and a sum of money to get her home. Deborah served for 1.5 years. Sampson began giving lectures about her experiences in the army.

6: Deborah Sampson died from Yellow Fever. She was 66 years old. She died in Massachusetts in the town of Sharon. She was a good girl. Her long and ultimately successful public campaign for the American Revolution pension bridged differences in asserting the sense of entitlement felt by all of the veterans who had fought for their country.

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