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Who was the first woman to join the army?
December 17, 2008 3:48PM
Deborah Sampson Gannett (December 17, 1760 - April 29, 1827) was the first [known] American woman to impersonate a man and join the Army. She claimed to be Robert Shurtliff of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, and successfully convinced the Uxbridge Seargent that she was a man in order to join the Continental Army near the end of the American Revolution.