With the election of Donald Trump, feminists are terrified Republicans are going to take away their birth control. Women are petrified they won’t be able to abort their babies anymore. Liberals believe Republicans want to return women to the days of cooking, cleaning, sewing, and general housework. Truth be told, those women run rings around today’s feminists.
Before heading north, General George Washington ordered a garrison to remain at and defend Fort Washington in New York. On November 16, 1776, the British and Hessians attacked. John Corbin, an artillery man, manned his duty of assisting the gunner.
During the attack, John’s gunner was shot and killed. John quickly jumped behind the cannon to continue the fight. His wife, Margaret, watched the activity from nearby. Wives often accompanied their husbands to war. These women, known as camp followers, cooked, cleaned, sewed and helped the wounded for a small fee.
As soon as Margaret saw John’s predicament, she immediately sprung into action. Having studied him and the other men during their drills, she knew exactly what to do. Margaret ran to John’s side and began loading and sponging off the cannon. She fought side-by-side with her husband. That is, until a bullet found John.
With her husband dead, Margaret reacted the only way she could. She rushed behind the cannon and fired. By herself, Margaret loaded, sponged, and shot the cannon. Witnesses say Margaret shot with more accuracy than any of the other gunners.
As the other cannons grew silent, the Hessians turned their focus on Margaret’s gun. Eventually, a grapeshot tore through Margaret’s left side. It ripped her arm almost completely off, as well as seriously damaging her chest and jaw. Margaret was down.
After the British and the Hessians captured the fort, they bayonetted the severely wounded. Dressed in men’s clothes, Margaret’s gender remained hidden until the British approached her. Not knowing what to do with an injured woman, they simply left her lying beside her dead husband.
Wandering through the battlefield looking for survivors, a British doctor found Margaret. He immediately called for assistance. The British logged Margaret as a prisoner of war. She became one of 69 wounded soldiers released back to the Revolution for medical care. Margaret traveled 100 miles by wagon to a hospital in Philadelphia where she received more advanced treatment.
When Margaret Cochran Corbin jumped behind the cannon, she was all of 25 years old. Now a widow, she was no stranger to loss. At age five, an Indian raid party killed her father. They carried off her mother, who was never seen again. Her uncle, who Margaret and her little brother were visiting at the time, became their guardian.
Margaret married John Corbin when she was 20. They were together three years before he enlisted in the Continental Army. With no children to tend to, Margaret decided to follow John to war.
Because of her heroic efforts, Margaret became the first woman to receive a pension from United States government. Her wounds permanently destroyed function of her left arm. Margaret spent the rest of her life unable to dress or bath herself. She continued to serve in the Invalid Regiment at West Point until her discharge in 1783. An original member of the regiment, their muster rolls listed Margaret simply as “Captain Molly”.
Even though the army continued to take care of her, she died alone in 1800 in Buttermilk Falls (now Highland Falls), just miles from West Point. A crude stone marked her grave, which became overgrown and lost.
Over the next 100 years, Margaret’s story continued to be revived and shared. In the 1920’s, the New York chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution decided to honor this patriot woman. They found Margaret’s grave through local town legend and family stories. Her remains were reinterred with full military honors in a cemetery behind Old Cadet Chapel at West Point.
Plaques, statues and street names now honor Margaret at West Point, Highland Falls, and Fort Tryon Park, where Fort Washington once stood.
Margaret’s boldness and bravery are a far cry from the so-called feminist champions we are witnessing today.
Carrying a sign calling for Melania Trump’s rape is not patriotic. Voluntarily following your husband to war to offer your services and risking your own assault if captured is.
Having a meltdown at the possibility of losing the right to kill your unborn baby is not valiant. Sacrificing yourself in efforts to save the lives of others is.
Crying in your safe space because your candidate lost an election is not courageous. Jumping out of your comfort zone to man a cannon so that future generations would enjoy the freedom to vote is.
Today’s feminists pride themselves on the courage and fearlessness of their leaders. Facts prove them otherwise. Whereas Hillary Clinton abandoned America’s soldiers in Benghazi, Margaret got in the battle with them. One of these women is courageous. The other is a coward.
No wonder progressive liberals have removed America’s amazing history from our schools. They don’t want anyone to know how backwards they really are. They can’t admit to themselves how brave, strong, fearless and determined those “simple Christian housewives” really were.
Thank you, Margaret Cochran Corbin, for fighting and suffering for the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness that my daughter and I benefit from today. You are a true American hero.
But that’s just my 2 cents.