Hint: She was one of a group of women who joined the winter forces at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778.
Hint: From George Washington, she received a warrant as a non commissioned officer for her bravery during the Battle of Monmouth.
Answer: Molly Pitcher!
Molly Pitcher was a nickname given to women who carried water to the soldiers during battle in the hotter summer months of the American Revolution. Some historians think that a woman named Mary Ludwig Hayes might be the most famous of the Molly Pitchers. She followed her husband, William Ludwig, a gunner in the Pennsylvania Artillery, to Valley Forge
In June of 1778, during the Battle of Monmouth, Mary’s husband was injured. Mary threw her pitcher aside and began loading the cannon which formerly was the job of her husband. George Washington noticed the bravery of Mary and later gave her a commendation.
Joseph Plumb Martin, wrote of Mary in his diary. “A woman whose husband belonged to the artillery and who was then attached to a piece in the engagement, attended with her husband at the piece the whole time. While in the act of reaching a cartridge and having one of her feet as far before the other as she could stemp, a cannon shot from the enemey passed directly between her legs without doing any other damage than carrying away all the lower part of her petticoat. Looking at it with apparent unconcern, she observed that it was lucky it did not pass a little higher, for in that case it might have carried away something else, and continued her occupation.”