Elizabeth Burgin, patriot

Elizabeth Burgin was an American patriot during the American Revolutionary War. She brought food for prisoners of war housed on British prison ships in New York Harbor. Burgin rowed up to the prisoner ship and waited for POWs to climb in, then transferred them across NY Harbor. She is said to have supplied drugs for the prisoners to put in soldiers beer to make them sleep. She was credited with helping over 200 prisoners escape the ships in 1778. A high bounty of over 200 pounds was offered for her capture, 20 times what most British soldiers made in a lifetime, but she was never… Read More

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Margaret Cochran Corbin, first woman to get military pension in USA

Margaret Cochran Corbin (November 12, 1751 – January 16, 1800) was a woman who fought in the American Revolutionary War. On November 16, 1776, her husband, John Corbin was one of some 600 American soldiers defending Fort Washington in northern Manhattan from 4,000 attacking troops. Margaret decided she wanted to go with him. Since she was a nurse, she was allowed to accompany her husband as a nurse for the injured soldiers. When her husband was wounded in battle, she took his place and continued to work the cannon until she too was seriously wounded. Ms. Corbin later became the… Read More

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