Jun 02, 2022 - Sale 2607

Sale 2607 - Lot 59

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
Gannett, Deborah Sampson (1760-1827)
The Universal Asylum and Columbian Magazine.

Philadelphia: Printed by William Young, February, 1792.

Octavo, containing, among other articles, an account of Gannett's petition for pay she was denied while fighting as a man in the American Revolution, with other material of interest, including a lengthy printed article by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, disbound, 8 x 5 in.

ESTC P5459; Evans 24949.

"January 19, Boston. A petition was presented [to the House of Representatives] by a Mrs. Deborah Gannett, who served with reputation as a soldier three years in the army of the United States and received an honorable discharge therefrom. This extraordinary woman enlisted as a male by the name of Robert Shirtliff; and as such did her duty without a stain on her virtue or honor. She only prays, in her petition, for the payment of her arrears; but submits the circumstances of her services to the consideration of the legislature." (cf. pages 142-143).

Gannett was wounded in battle, and unwilling to allow a doctor to remove two bullets from her leg, for fear her gender would be revealed, dug one out herself (penknife & sewing needle), while the other stayed lodged in her thigh for the rest of her life. Paul Revere wrote on her behalf requesting a proper military pension in 1804. Congress approved the request and put Gannett on the pension roll in 1805.