Margaret Cochran Corbin Essay

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Margaret Cochran Corbin




Margaret Cochran Corbin (1751-c.1800) fought alongside her husband in the American
Revolutionary War and was the first woman to receive pension from the United States
government as a disabled soldier. She was born Nov. 12, 1751 near Chambersburg,
Pennsylvania, U.S.A., orphaned at the age of five and was raised by relatives. When she
was twenty-one she married John Corbin. John joined the Continental Army when the American
Revolution started four years later and Margaret accompanied her husband. Wives of the
soldiers often cooked for the men, washed their laundry and nursed wounded soldiers. They
also watched the men do their drills and, no doubt, learned those drills, too.

On November 16,1776, while they were stationed in Fort Washington, New York, the fort was
attacked by British and Hessian troops. John was assisting a gunner until the gunner was
killed. At this point John took charge of the cannon and Margaret assisted him. Some time
later, John was killed also. With no time to grieve, Margaret continued loading and firing
the cannon by herself until she was wounded by grapeshot which tore her shoulder, mangled
her chest and lacerated her jaw. Other soldiers moved her to the rear where she received
first aid. The fort was captured by the British, but the wounded American soldiers were
paroled. They were ferried across the river to Fort Lee. Margaret was then transported
further in a jolting wagon all the way to Philadelphia. She never recovered fully from her
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