Celebrating Women: The story of ‘Captain Molly’

Womens History

When you think of a woman taking up her husband’s cannon during battle, you probably think about Carlisle’s own Molly Pitcher, Mary Ludwig Hays.

But there was a Franklin County woman who actually came before her, nicknamed Captain Molly.
Margaret Cochran Corbin was born in what’s now Franklin County in 1751. Her family owned land that is now part of Letterkenny Army Depot. When she was in her early 20’s she followed her husband into battle in New York.

“He was hit and killed and immediately she took over and fought after he died because she saw what he had done,” Ann Hull of the Franklin County Historical Society said. “She was shot in the chest, in the shoulder, her arm. She was shot in the jaw and she became disabled.”

Corbin later became the first woman to be awarded a U.S. military pension, earning half of her male counterparts. The Daughters of the American Revolution has an award in her name, given to women with distinguished military service.

To learn more about Captain Molly, including the present-day mystery that surrounds her, watch abc27’s Celebrating Women special on Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.

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