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Transcript of MOLLY PITCHER
- On Oct. 13, 1754 Mary Lugwig was born (AKA "Molly Pitcher").
-Mary became a servant to Anna Irvine in the town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
-June 24, 1769 Mary married William Hays.
-1777 Mary's husband became a soldier in the Continental Army.
-1778 Mary fights on the side of her husband in the war and gets the nick name "Molly Pitcher."
-1780 Mary and William had a child named John.
-1783 Mary returns to Carlisle.
-1786 William died.
-1793 Mary remarried John Mccalla.
-1803 Mary's husband John disappeared.
-1822 She was rewarded with $40.00 a year for life for her courage in the battle
-1832 Mary died in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
MARY'S ROLE IN THE WAR
Mary Lugwig was a patriot who carried pitchers of water to soldiers in the Revolutionary War during the battle of Monmouth. She then bravely manned the cannon after her husband collapsed from the extreme heat.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
One of the most famous quotes by Molly Pitcher occurred when she uttered, as she stood at a cannon in the middle of a battlefield after a bullet from a British musket reportedly tore off a piece of her dress while she was preparing the cannon: "Well, that could have been worse." And, " These are the times that try men's souls."
She took over the cannon after her husband collapsed
She got rewarded for her bravery, $40.00 a year for life in 1822
She brought water to the soldiers.
She received the nick name Molly Pitcher
Found a spring and gave water to the soldiers
Thereafter, all women who gave water to the soldiers were given the name Molly Bucket
There were a suprising lack of symbols but I found "the Molly Pitcher Inn is the ideal location for your water view wedding," and a stamp that was named after her for her bravery in my research. The date issued on the stamp was 1928, and back then it cost 2 cents, when now you can buy it for $2.00 or even more. Mary Ludwig's grave hass a statue of her on top of it holding the cannon stick.
Molly's impact on history is that in a time when women were confined to certain domestic duties, she broke out of the mold and bravely assisted the soldiers in the middle of battle. Molly even stepped in as a soldier herself when her husband was felled and bravely took over his job in the war. Molly is what women today strive to be: Brave, noble and strong.
Eliza H. Sener
The blue cannons denote where Molly Pitcher was in the battle