Molly Pitcher, Heroine of the Revolutionary War

Color Engraving of Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth (Getty Images)

While the men waged war during America’s fight for independence, there is an urban legend of at least one woman that joined the fighting. Nicknamed Molly Pitcher, this heroine of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth was most likely a real person, but her battlefield escapades grew and became more exaggerated until she took on a folklore status. Let us try to peel back the layers of myth to find out who the woman behind the Molly Pitcher legend really was.