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In 1782, She Bravely Disguised Herself As A Male Patriot In Order To Fight In The Revolutionary War, But After Being Shot, Her True Identity Was Revealed

Deborah fought and worked for the revolution for almost two years, going as far as removing a bullet from her own leg without being discovered as a woman. But then, during the summer of 1783, she fell unconscious with a high fever on a mission in Philadelphia.

As she was being treated at a hospital, a doctor discovered Deborah’s true identity, and she was honorably discharged from the war in October of 1783.

After the war, Deborah moved back to Massachusetts and married farmer Benjamin Gannett, whom she had four children with. A few years later, she decided to petition the Massachusetts State Legislature for financial compensation during her time in the war and received a military pension from the state.

Although she lived a fairly quiet life following the war, she continued to tell her story in lectures across the country, making her one of the first women ever to do so.

Deborah passed away in Massachusetts in 1827 at 66. She will forever be remembered as one of the first remarkable women to serve in the United States Military.

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