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Margaret Corbin

Margaret Corbin was a follower and a leader. How could she be both? Well, many women were followers during the Revolutionary War. They would follow the men around, taking care of cooking and other needs. She stayed by her husband when the British attacked Fort Washington in New York. She took over her husband's job as matross, the person who loaded the cannon, when the gunner was killed. In the heat of battle her husband was also killed. She was hit and left for dead. A passing doctor saved her life. Her wounds left her permanently disabled. For her bravery, "Captain Molly" became part of the Invalid Regiment. She was the first woman to receive a lifetime pension for the wounds she suffered in battle.