Biography of Deborah Sampson

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Deborah Sampson was born in Plympton, Massachusetts Dec. 17, 1760. She was very poor growing up soon her father deserted their family to go out to sea then she found out he died in a ship wreck. She was an indentured servant for over six years before she became a teacher. Later in her life she became a teacher she did not like how woman were being treated so she dressed up like a man and joined the army she was in the 4th Massachusetts regiment in 1782. She hid her leg wound so doctors could not discover she was a woman and take her out of the army. Then later on she was discovered about being a woman to the other part of her army after she was wounded in a meet with the British soldiers near Tarrytown, N.Y then she was discharged from the army in 1783. Assuming the name of Robert Shurtleff and wearing men clothes she joined the 4th Massachusetts regiment in 1782. The day she arrived in Bellingham the place where they recruit soldiers Sampson went straight to the recruiting office. She was also under the command of General Paterson her general had the first name of her brother who shortly died after her birth in the war. Deborah must have been a good soldier because after only two weeks she was in charge of a special unit of soldiers called rangers. They were in charge of looking out for activity on the outskirts of the British base and report back to the general. Her first assignment was a twelve-day march to West Point New York where they hiked until they got there she had for gotten but this is where she was born. At West Point she and her soldiers had to divide in half and meet again in Tarrytown the next day. Her division arrived the next morning then from out of the distance a bunch of bullets flew into the soldier...

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...ter the American Revolution, was one of the most serious bad economic days, and in order to help her family’s money, Deborah became the first female lecturer. She went to places like Providence, Rhode Island, New York, and many cities as the title of “The American Heroine.” She began her lectures dressed as a woman and then later went into her uniform and showed a soldier’s routine to fight. Then she did that for about 5 years then she got a job as a teacher again. Sampson was a teacher until she retired then she got even more sick because of her injures she sustained during war she had to get pills and go to doctors to get better. With the success of her tour Deborah refreshed her campaign she also gained the support of Paul Revere, he went to her farm in 1804 then he wrote a letter to the Congress.
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