Margaret Corbin

Margaret Corbin was an incredible women who found herself in the middle of the Revolutionary War. Her husband became a patriot and served as a artilleryman, but she had limited options as the war broke out. She could stay on their farm in Virginia by herself or go with her husband and help. She and many other women of the time chose to follow their husband’s. They were called Camp Followers because they helped with the war effort with cooking, sewing, nursing, and other tasks. Margaret’s husband John manned a cannon and she helped to cool the cannon with buckets of water. On one fateful day in New York, she found herself at the Battle of Fort Washington. Her husband was mortally wounded and knowing what to do, she picked up his position at the cannon and began firing at the enemy. Her courage that day caused life altering injuries to her body, but earned her the respect as a Patriot. Her bravery and heroism earned her a stipend from the Continental Congress for the rest of her life, but most importantly she became the first woman documented in service to our nation. Margaret Corbin is buried in a place of honor a the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint, NY.