Original Document
Original Document
Joseph Plumb's Recollection of "Molly Pitcher" Manning a Cannon at the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778.

One little incident happened during the heat of the cannonade, which I was eyewitness to, and which I think would be unpardonable not to mention. A woman whose husband belonged to the Artillery, and who was then attached to a [cannon] in the engagement, attended with her husband at the [cannon] the whole time. While in the act of reaching a cartridge and having one of her feet as far before the other as she could step, a cannon shot from the enemy passed directly between her legs without doing any other damage than carrying away all the lower part of her petticoat. Looking at it with apparent unconcern, she observed that it was lucky it did not pass a little higher, for in that case it might have carried away something else, and continued her occupation.

Credit: Joseph Plumb Martin, A Narrative of Some of the Adventures, Dangers, and Sufferings of a Revolutionary Soldier…(Hallowell, Maine, 1830), 96-97.
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