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Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP30 Apr 2018 1:59 a.m. PST

Ok, the story I always heard was at the Battle of Monmouth. Molly Pitcher's husband served on the American side as an artillery man. During the battle he was wounded, and she stepped into his position on the gun.

Yet now I came across this story of Margaret "Captain Molly" Corbin. According to this historical story, the battle was Fort Washington, her husband was killed and she was wounded.


42flanker30 Apr 2018 5:16 a.m. PST

Questions abound. When did the story of the gunner's wife at Fort Washington first surface? Was there a direct link to the capture of Fort Washington (a letter: a journal entry)?

Presumably there are records relating to Mrs Corbin's association with the Corps of Invalids, the allocation of a pension and her death aged 48 in 1800.

As for the identification of any remains, this would require indications,, if at all likely after all this time, perhapa of the "grieveous shoulder wound"- let alone ascertaining the correct gender this time round.
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With regard to records of her early life in Pennsylvania, research would be fruitless without knowing Mrs Corbin's maiden name.

I assume the nickname 'Captain Molly' was attached to Mrs Corbin at some point after the legend of 'Molly Pitcher' had become current- whether in her lifetime or in later generations. It may be worth pointing out that 'Molly' as a diminutive derives from the name Mary, as did 'Polly', while Margaret traditionally, and certainly during the C18th, has been rendered 'Meg' or 'Peggy.'

PVT64130 Apr 2018 7:12 a.m. PST

If memory serves, as I recall, she filed for a pension.

42flanker30 Apr 2018 10:18 a.m. PST

This article from 'Prologue Magazine'(Summer 1999, Vol. 31, No. 2) on the US National Archives website at goes into the subject fairly thoroughly, including Margaret Corbin's pension:


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