Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fact of the Day: Robert Shurtleff

During the American Revolutionary War, a soldier named Robert Shurtleff was given the nickname "Molly" as he never seem to have any facial hair. He was wounded during a battle in the thigh but decided to not tell a doctor about it. However when Robert was struck with fever, a doctor realized that Robert was a woman. A woman named Deborah Sampson had been dressed like a man to fight in the war. 

14 comments:

Mary Kirkland said...

That's understandable since women weren't allowed to do much of anything back then. I guess if a woman wanted to do something like that she would have to dress as a guy and fake it.

DEZMOND said...

imagine if we had no facial hair and no need to shave! Bliss

Kati said...

Oh wow! Incredible.

-Kati

Margaret D said...

Must have really wanted to go to war..amazing.

Emmylou said...

Oh my gosh! Why is there no movie about her? That's a pretty incredible story!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

A not uncommon story in LGBT history. "Molly" is an old slang term that was used before "faggot" became common. "Nancy" or "Nancy-boy" was similarly used.

Pat Hatt said...

Must have really wanted to help out indeed

Martha said...

She wanted to be involved!

Christine said...

oh boy, brave woman.

Unknown said...

A story like Mulan.

Em-Musing said...

Now that's a heroine to write about! My kinda gal!

Huggybear said...

"Robert" is hardly the first female to dress as a male and
go into battle. Christ you'd think this was first person to do such a thing!
Hardly warrants a bloody movie!!!
B J Hunnicut

Bethany Carson said...

A neat and not-so-well-known story. Her story reminds me of Joan of Arc, who also dressed as a man, so she could fight. After the war, Sampson went on to marry and have three children.

bj said...

Frankly, I would LOVE to see a movie about her.