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Margaret Cochran Corbin 1751-c1800 fought alongside her husband in the American Revolutionary War and was the first woman to receive pension from the United States government as a disabled soldier She was born Nov 12 1751 near Chambersburg Pennsylvania USA orphaned at the age of five and was raised by relatives When she was twenty-one she married John Corbin John joined the Continental Army when the American Revolution started four years later and Margaret accompanied her husband Wives of the soldiers often cooked for the men washed their laundry and nursed wounded soldiers They also watched the men do their drills and no doubt learned those drills too On November 161776 while they were stationed in Fort Washington New York the fort was attacked by British and Hessian troops John was assisting a gunner until the gunner was killed At this point John took charge of the cannon and Margaret assisted him Some time later John was killed also With no time to grieve Margaret continued loading and firing the cannon by herself until she was wounded by grapeshot which tore her shoulder mangled her chest and lacerated her jaw Other soldiers moved her to the rear where she received first aid The fort was captured by the British but the wounded American soldiers were paroled They were ferried across the river to Fort Lee Margaret was then transported further in a jolting wagon all the way to Philadelphia She never recovered fully from her wounds and was left without use of her left arm for the rest of her life In 1779 the Continental Congress granted her a pension half the pay and allowances of a soldier in service due to her distinguished bravery She continued to be included on regimental muster lists until the end of the war in 1783 Margaret Cochran Corbin died near West Point New York prior to her fiftieth birthday In 1926 the Daughters of the American Revolution had
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