Revolutionary Era 1754-1783: Lifestyles, Social Trends, and Fashion Research Article from American Eras

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Continental Soldier

Fame and Obscurity.

Deborah Sampson Gannett was a controversial figure in her own time. Born into poverty, she achieved fame and a certain notoriety only to sink into obscurity again. Assuming male dress and the name Robert Shurtlieff, Deborah enlisted as a soldier in the Continental Army, saw action, and was wounded. She was discovered, and as her story was retold and exaggerated, she became something of a celebrity in the years after the war.

Early Life.

Deborah Sampson was one of seven children born into a Plympton, Massachusetts, family. When her father abandoned the family, Deborah became an indentured servant and was adept at the innumerable chores of farm life. She also learned to read and write, and when she was eighteen, she taught school in the town of Middleborough. Tall (probably 5'7"), strong, and agile with brown hair and brown...

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