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Peterborough

Deborah Sampson story is told

The remarkable true story of a young Massachusetts woman who fought as an enlisted soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution will be presented by The Peterborough Woman’s Club and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

In “Petticoat Patriot: The Deborah Sampson Story,” actor and storyteller Joan Gatturna appears in a living history program on Deborah Sampson, a patriot who left her petticoats behind. Disguised as a young man, Sampson enlisted in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and served undetected for 17 months. She later broke ground in her middle years when, as a wife and mother, she embarked on a lecture tour relating her war experiences. She became the first woman to be awarded an honorable discharge from an American Army and the first woman to be awarded a military pension for enlisted service.

Gatturna, who lives in Hingham, Mass., is both the creator and performer of the piece.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

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