sampson's army

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Painting of Deborah Sampson by Louis Glanzman. Records show that Sampson joined the Continental Army in 1782 and fought for 18 months in the last days of the war. She was stationed in New York and New Jersey, where there were still fierce guerrilla operations. She would be wounded twice (which is how she was discovered), and would be commended for bravery.

Later in life she claimed to have been at Yorktown, though not records survive showing that she was there at that time (though her unit was stationed there, the records show her joining up later). 

Although Colonial women were not allowed to serve in the army, many bypassed this by disguising themselves as men. A notable example is a woman named Deborah Sampson. Sampson desperately wanted to fight for the cause she believed in, so she decided to enlist in the Continental Army as a man named Robert Shurtlieff. The army accepted her and she not only went on to fight bravely for approximately two years without being caught, but she was also promoted to the rank of corporal. When Sampson’s true identity was discovered she was granted honorable discharge and later received pension for her services.