I believe that women should be able to fight alongside men. Since I am tall I was able to disguise myself as a man. It wasn’t easy, the men teased me about not growing facial hair. I didn’t want anyone to find out my identity. This ended up causing many problems.
For example during my first battle I was shot in the leg. I didn’t want anyone to find out I was a lady so I tended my own wound. The result being that it never healed properly. I was able to get the first musket ball out but the second was in too deep. I still have the musket ball in my leg and it is very important to me because it reminds me of how strong I was.
I was later hospitalized where they found out I was a woman yet the doctor didn’t betray me. He let me live with him, his wife, and daughter. I was asked to deliver a letter to general John Paterson I thought my secret was out. I was later honorably discharged from the army.
Now that my battle days are over I have come home and married farmer Benjamin Gannet and had five children. You can come and visit me soon and I can show you my army uniform which is very important to me because of the war memories it brings back. I could also show you my journal where I wrote all my secrets. I am looking forward to seeing you.
Deborah Sampson Gannet
Deborah Sampson wanted the colonists to be free from England so she enlisted in the army as a man. She got shot in the leg and didn't want to go to a doctor because they would find out she was a lady. Since her leg never healed properly she wasn't able to walk normally. She was hospitalized later for a head wound and the doctor found her true identity. She was honorably discharged from the army.