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Primary Source Documents Mentioning Margaret Corbin/"Captain Molly"

Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, From its Organization to the Termination of the Revolution. Volume XII, May 21, 1779 – July 12, 1781.

Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789Volume XIV, 1779April 23 - September 1. Library of Congress.

Papers of the Continental CongressVolume 3, Folio 501-502. July 1779.

Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789Volume XVII, 1780May 8 - September 6. Library of Congress.

Papers of the War Department: 1784-1800. Letters Referencing "Captain Molly"


Histories Describing Margaret Corbin

Noble Deeds of American Women: with Biographical Sketches of Some of the More Prominent.  John Clement, editor.  Miller, Orton & Co, 1858.

History of New York during the Revolutionary War and of the Leading Events in the Other Colonies at That Period. Thomas Jones, and Edward Floyd de. Lancey.  New York Historical Society, 1879.

Some Pennsylvania Women during the War of the Revolution. William Henry Egle.  Harrisburg Publishing Company, 1898.

Annual Report of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society to the Legislature of the State of New York

Margaret Corbin, Heroine of the Battle of Fort Washington, 16 November 1776. Edward Hagaman Hall.  American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, 1932.

America’s Women in the Revolutionary Era 1760-1790 A History Through Bibliography. Individual American Women Collected Biographies: Margaret Cochran Corbin. Eric G. Grundset. National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2014.

Margaret Cochran Corbin General Timeline (compiled by DAR)


Margaret Corbin Stories in National Newspapers Through the Years

Old Tradition Proves Untrue, Body Buied Was Not That of Molly Pitcher. The Evening Gazette. September 14, 1916.

Woman Soldiers. New York Times. May 20, 1918. 

First Woman Soldier in America Died in 1800, Margaret Corbin Fought in Battle of Revolution Until Husband Died at her Feet. The Baltimore Sun. May 24, 1925.

DAR Hails War Heroine, Memory of 'Captain Molly' of 1776 is Hailed at West Point. New York Times. May 28, 1949.

Margaret Corbin Tribute, West Point Does Honor at Grave of Revolutionary Heroine. New York Times. May 28, 1950.

Revolutionary War Heroine Finally is Given Recognition. New York Times. July 8, 1977.


National newspaper coverage of events in 1926:

Margaret Corbin 1926 newspaper clippings (assortment). DAR New York State 1925-1926 scrapbook (60 pages scanned).  [large file, slow download]

To Rebury Captain Mollie, DAR Will Remove Revolutionary Heroine's Body From Morgan Estate. New York TImes. January 28, 1926.

'Capt Mollie' to Rest at West Point: Body of Revolutionary Heroine Who Served Fort Washington's Gun Will Be Reburied with Military Honors. New York Times. March 7, 1926

'Capt. Molly' is Reburied, Remains of Revolution Heroine Are Laid to Rest At West Point. New York Times. March 17, 1926.

Molly Pitcher's Body Reburied at West Point. The Washington Post. March 17, 1926.

Carlisle Sure Body of "Captain Molly" Lies in Local Grave. The Republican-Journal. March 18, 1926.

Heroine of 1776 Gets Honor Grave, Capt. Molly Corbin, of Revolutionary Fame, Buried At West Point. The Baltimore Sun. March 22, 1926.

Historians Disput Identity of 'Molly Pitcher,' Was the One - Two Separate Persons, Professor Declares. The Evening Star, Washington, D.C. April 1, 1926.

Two "Mollys" of Revolution Proved Distinct Heroines. The Evening Star, Washington, D.C. April 7, 1926.

Honors Molly Corbin By Two Ceremonies, State D.A.R. Presents Tablet in Highland Falls and a Monument in West Point. The New York Times. April 15, 1926.