Molly Pitcher

Mary McCauley

Heroine of the American Revolution Battle of Monmouth 1778 Don Troiani, Artist On a blistering hot day during the Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey, young Mary Hays McCauley became Molly Pitcher in American Legend. Molly Pitcher was a nickname given to a woman said to have fought in the Revolutionary War. The story of Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley is considered folklore by historians, or they suggest that Molly Pitcher is probably a composite of a number of real women. The name itself may have originated as a nickname for women who carried water to men on the battlefield. It has also been suggested that the story of the cannon also applies to another brave woman named Margaret Corbin, but both…

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Women’s Role in the American Revolution

Women Also Fought for Independence Image: Molly Pitcher Monmouth Battle Monument Monmouth County, New Jersey When her husband was overcome with fatigue and collapsed, Molly jumped forward and helped to ‘work the gun.’ Taxed by the Mother Country Relations between the Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain slowly, but steadily worsened after the end of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), which involved all of the major European powers and caused 900,000 to 1,400,000 deaths. The war had plunged the British government deep into debt, and the British Parliament enacted a series of measures to increase tax revenue from the colonies.