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SAMPSON, Deborah [1760-1827] -- American soldier

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She was the first known (1782) American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army. Her secret was discovered when she was treated by a doctor for malignant fever (1783). She earlier (1782) had been wounded in battle and removed herself one of two musket balls she had recieved.

Her masquerade revealed, she was honorably discharged from the army (1783) and eventually granted a pension.  -30-
 

Chronology

1778
Her first attempt to join up fails as she did not report for duty
1782
First known American woman to impersonate a man in order to join the army
1782/07/03
Wounded in her first battle
1783/04/01
She is promoted and serves as waiter to Gen. John Patterson
1783/07~
She contracts malignant fever, her masquerade discovered, but not revealed
1783/09
Treaty of Paris
1783/10
Her doctor reveals her secret to Gen. Washington
1783/10/25
Honorably discharged at West Point after a year and a half of service
1785/04/07
She marries, eventually bearing three children
1792-1816
Financial problems
1792/01
She petitions the Massachussetts State Legislature for back pay withheld from her
1802
She begins giving lectures about her experiences
1804
Her friend, Paul Revere, petitions on her behalf for her to be granted a pension
1805
She is granted a pension of $4 per month
1806/02/22
She asks, and is granted, from Revere a loan of $10
1809
Her petition to Congress for a larger pension as an invalid soldier is denied
1816
Congress reconsiders her request, and grants her $86 per month

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1760-1827

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