Deborah Sampson Canvas 17 X 14
Patriotic duty inspired Deborah Sampson to dress as a man and enlist in the Continental Army the spring of 1782. Ahead lay sharp fighting, in which Deborah saw her share. She sustained two battle wounds, one a bayonet wound to the head, the other a musket ball wound to the leg. Camp fever finally exposed her as a woman and she was discharged from the army in October of 1783.
In 1792 the Massachusetts legislation declared that Deborah Sampson "exhibited an extraordinary instance of female heroism by discharging the duties of a faithful and gallant soldier". The legislation awarded her 34 pounds as compensation. In 1805 Congress approved a pension of $4 per month.