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Molly Pitcher

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Definition: Her real name was Mary Hays McCauly. She suffered along with her husband during the cold winter at Valley Forge. She got her nickname by bringing pitcher after pitcher of water to the thirsty American troops and their hot guns (for the Battle of Monmouth took place on a very hot day). Her husband, William Hays, was an artilleryman who was manning a gun the day of the battle. She was carrying a pitcher of water to his post when she saw him slump over, hit. She took over the rammer staff of the gun, helping it to keep firing away in the face of enemy fire. She had also gone out onto the battlefield to bring a wounded soldier back to safety. General George Washington recognized her efforts publicly and called her "Sergeant Molly."

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The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

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The Story of Molly Pitcher
Read the story of Molly Pitcher and what happened to her after her heroic deeds.

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