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Reading about Deborah Samson, the most well-documented of the women who served in combat, passing as a man, in the American Continental Army during the War of Independence. At one point she got three musket balls to the leg and cut them out herself so that an army surgeon wouldn’t discover her gender.
Despite an honorable discharge, it took her 33 years of legal pursuit (and the intervention of Paul Revere!) for her to get her military pension.
There are so many other women whose stories we don’t know. There are books about Deborah Samson, Abigail Adams, and other women of the era, but WOC just have this one line in Wikipedia*:
“Black women, many of whom were slaves, served both the Americans and the British in the capacity of nurses, laundresses and cooks.”
(*That I’ve seen in my cursory search; point being that a cursory search of women in the American revolution did turn up white lady info. God I am boring myself.)
I’ve never seen someone touching it before!!!