Deborah Sampson, first female veteran, to take the spotlight May 20

May 8, 2023

MIDDLEBORO — A program featuring one-time Middleboro resident Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a male soldier to serve in the American Revolution, will be hosted by the Veterans Services Department and the Middleboro Public Library Saturday, May 20.

At 3 p.m., a banner depicting Middleboro resident Sampson, the first woman to fight in and be honorably discharged from the U.S. military, will be unveiled outside Town Hall on Nickerson Avenue. 

Sampson disguised herself as a male named “Robert Shurtlieff’’ and enlisted in the American Revolution in the 4th Massachusetts of the Continental Army. 

A walking tour of the heroes banners will follow at 3:15 p.m., starting on Nickerson Avenue. 

At 4 p.m. Sampson’s story will be presented in “A Revolution of Her Own! Deborah Sampson’’ at the grand ballroom at Town Hall. The program is presented by History at Play.