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Margaret Corbin (1751-1800) was the first woman in U.S. History to receive U.S. government pension for disabled soldiers.

Corbin was born near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on November 12, 1751. She was orphaned at the age of 5 when Indian raiders killed her parents. When she was 21, she married John Corbin, who then joined the First Company of Pennsylvania Artillery for service in the Continental Army. Like many women of her day, Margaret Corbin followed her husband to war where she cooked, washed clothes, and tended the sick or wounded.[1]

"On November 16, 1776, British and Hessian troops attacked Fort Washington, New York, and John Corbin, one of the soldiers firing cannons in defense, was shot and killed. Margaret Corbin, at his side to help him load the cannon, took over loading and firing the cannon until she was hit by grapeshot, which tore her shoulder and wounded her in the chest and jaw." [1]

Although she was taken to a hospital and treated, her wounds never fully healed and she was left with a disabled arm. In recognition of her bravery, the Continental Congress granted her a lifetime soldier's half-pay pension. [2]


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  1. Margaret Corbin. U.S. Department of State: Women of Influence. November, 2006. Accessed on January 30, 2008.
  2. Margaret Corbin. U.S. Department of State: Women of Influence. November, 2006. Accessed on January 30, 2008.