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Time Magazine: WOMAN of the Millennium

Jack Andrews amiga at primenet.com
Thu Oct 1 06:10:07 EST 1998


> The Story of Molly Pitcher

>   An artillery wife, Mary Hays McCauly (better known as Molly Pitcher) shared the
> rigors of Valley Forge with her husband,
> William Hays. Her actions during the battle of Monmouth (28 June 1778) became
> legendary. That day at Monmouth was as
> hot as Valley Forge was cold. Someone had to cool the hot guns and bathe the
> parched throats with water.
>
>   Across that bullet-swept ground, a striped skirt fluttered. Mary Hays McCauly
> was earning her nickname "Molley Pitcher"
> by bringing pitcher after pitcher of cool spring water to the exhausted and
> thirsty men. She also tended to the wounded and
> once, heaving a crippled continental soldier up on her strong young back, carried
> him out of reach of hard-charging Britishers.
> On her next trip with water she found her artilleryman husband back with the guns
> again, replacing a casualty. While she
> watched, Hays fell wounded. The piece, its crew too depleted to serve it, was
> about to be withdrawn. Without hesitation, Molly
> stepped forward and took the rammer staff from her fallen husband's hands. For
> the second time on an American battlefield, a
> woman manned a gun. (The first was Margaret Corbin during the defense of Fort
> Washington in 1776.) Resolutely, she stayed
> at her post in the face of heavy enemy fire, ably acting as a matross (gunner).
>
>   For her heroic role, General Washington himself issued her a warrant as a
> noncommissioned officer. Thereafter, she was
> widely hailed as "Sergeant Molly." A flagstaff and cannon stand at her gravesite
> at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. A sculpture on the
> battle monument commemorates her courageous deed.
>
> --
> Jack Andrews
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> Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself
> hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye.
> H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

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Jack Andrews
http://www.primenet.com/~amiga Original Art

http://members.tripod.com/~artist_3/ Original VRML Art

http://www.primenet.com/~amiga/chronicpain1.html
Our Lives With Chronic Pain
(please contribute your "thoughts" to this site)

Let not the fierce sun dry one tear of pain before thyself
hast wiped it from the sufferer's eye.
H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)





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