Replica uniform

Deborah Sampson Soldiers Uniform

On April 29, 1827 Deborah Sampson Gannett died at age 65.

In 1783 while fighting in the Revolutionary War, as Robert Shurtliff, she was wounded from a sabre slash across her forehead and felled by a musket shot in her upper left thigh.

In 1802 she became the first paid professional woman lecturer.

In 1804, she was the first woman to receive her military back pay with an honorable discharge.

After her death, her husband Benjamin was the first husband to receive his wife’s pension for time served in the military.

1983 Gov. Michael Dukakis signed proclamation declaring Deborah Sampson the Official State Heroine of Mass.

In 1985, the US Capitol Historical Society issued a commemorative medal in her honor.

In 2009, Author Teresa L Watts began writing her story.

  • Table top chair belonging to Deborah Sampson Gannett
  • Robert Shurtliff

Deborah Samson Gannett


4 Responses to Deborah

  1. Alice V says:

    Wow, I never even knew this person existed! This is a book you’ll have to keep me posted on.

    • teresalwatts says:

      Hi Alice
      Thank you. I am very excited about this project. Stay tuned for updates. Thanks again.

  2. im doing a project on deborah sampson and i need to dress up like her..any ideas of where i can get some clothes and facts about her life???
    thanks 🙂

    • teresalwatts says:

      Hi Sarah. The photo I have of her on this site is a mock up of the uniform she wore in the war. You can contact the Sharon Massachusetts Historical Society. The book Masquerade by Alfred F. Young details most of her life (it’s available in most libraries). Of course you can always ask me. I have quite a bit of information on her.

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