Since it is Women's History Month, we will be posting profiles of women involved in military activities in New Jersey and New Jersey women involved in military activities in other places. Our first is "Molly Pitcher," who, although she was... not born here, we have made an honorary "Jersey Girl."
Molly is perhaps the most famous veteran of the Battle of Monmouth Court House, fought near Freehold, NJ, Although legends and misinformation abound, it appears that “Molly” was a woman named Mary Ludwig Hays. Although her husband, William Hays, was not killed or wounded at Monmouth, and indeed survived the war, she likely did bring water to the gun crew at his artillery piece. Hays died after the war and Mary remarried a man named McCauley. Molly died in 1832 is buried in Carlisle Pennsylvania. A statue in her honor stands in the cemetery by her gravesite.
The image is a fanciful 19th century rendition of Molly at Monmouth. The British infantry never got remotely close to her position.