I first read this book when I was in elementary school and enjoyed it just as much when I recently read it again. Born Mary Ludwig, her nickname of Molly was given to her when she was a child. Her famous last name was earned in battle, where she would bring fresh, cool water to troops of the American Revolution. She braved gunfire to do so and she was so active that a wounded soldier had to merely shout, "Molly Pitcher" and she would tend to them. When her husband, who fired a canon, was overcome with heat, she took over the loading and firing of the weapon until the battle was over. One of the greatest women in early American history, Molly Pitcher was brave, intelligent and resourceful. At a time when women were expected to faint at the sight of blood, she risked her life to save others. This story demonstrates how the pioneer women were far tougher than they are given credit for. In general history was written by upper class men who knew only upper class women. Therefore, women were depicted as frail and unable to function under stress. The women on the frontier were quite different and this is a story of one that has gone down in history as a heroine of her country.
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