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“The Women of '76: ‘Molly Pitcher’ the heroine of Monmouth,” Currier and Ives, 1856.
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In this image Molly Pitcher loads the cannon while wearing leggings, red skirt, and what appears to be a blue velvet coat with ruffles around the edge. Her hair is tussled. A wounded soldier stands behind the cannon and her dead husband lies dead and bleeding on the ground.

Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

In the 1800s, the mythic "Molly Pitcher" emerged as a symbol of the bravery and strength of American women. For decades, inexpensive prints of the fictional Molly Pitcher and other heroes of the American Revolution graced the walls of many American homes.

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