The Revolutionary War notes many women who served during the battle for our country. Fighting alongside their husbands, some dressed as men in a soldiers uniform, all served as ‘camp followers’ to the Continental Army. Molly Pitcher of Monmouth and Margaret Corbin of Fort Washington are the most well known. Although their services gallant and notable they were not enlisted soldiers. Of the estimated four hundred women only Deborah Sampson served as an official enlisted soldier of the Massachusetts Fourth Regiment for the Continental Army. Wounded during skirmishes by a sabre slash to her forehead and a musket ball to her left thigh, our gallant soldier felled her enemies. Never revealing her sex and remaining true to the duty of a soldier, Deborah served eighteen months.
Deborah Sampson Gannett lived her life with perseverance. Without intention, Deborah is first of many who set the foundation for women of today.
My current WIP, working title Masque of the Revolution book 1 of 3 is a work of biographical fiction based on accounts in her life. The informative knowledge gained through my research continues to inspire me every day. The desire from this author is to not only inspire but to teach women of all ages to follow the heart of your chosen path while taking you on an adventurous historical journey through our past.
The women in our history, the unspoken heroines who lived in treacherous times prevailed without excuse to the demands of society as the ‘weaker sex’. My stories celebrate the independence and diligence of our founding mothers.