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Massachusetts State Heroine

Statue of Deborah Samson Gannett - click to see all cultural symbols
Statue of Deborah Samson Gannett at Sharon Public Library in Massachusetts; photo by Mike (mlcastle) on Flickr (use permitted with attribution). All Cultural Symbols.

Deborah Samson Gannett

Deborah Samson Gannett fought in the American Revolution as Robert Shurtleff. Before she was wounded in battle (and her masquerade was discovered) she was recognized for outstanding service. Massachusetts observes each May 23 as an anniversary commemorating her enlistment in the Continental Army.

Massachusetts adopted Deborah Samson Gannett as official state heroine in 1983. She made a unique contribution to American independence, and was the first woman to be awarded a military pension

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Massachusetts State Symbols: Citizen Information Service
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