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Women were patriots, revolutionaries, and strong opponents of the British monarchy during the years of the American Revolution. Yet when war broke out and the men of the Thirteen Colonies took to the battlefield, the women didn’t follow—or, it was assumed that women didn’t follow. They did, though, helping their brand new nation within the ranks of the men of the Continental Army. One of those brave women was Deborah Sampson, better known as Timothy Thayer to her fellow soldiers during the 1700s.
Born in December 1760, Deborah Sampson was unlike most other young girls and women of the 18th century: she was nearly six feet tall, bigger than both women and men of the time. With strong, broad, and masculine features, it was easy for Sampson to pretend that she was a man.
Deborah put her atypical appearance to work when the Revolutionary War broke out. In 1782, Sampson donned men’s clothing and enlisted in the Continental Army under the alias Timothy Thayer. Unfortunately, locals recognized Sampson, and she was released from her duty. A few months later, Sampson tried again; she enlisted in the army in a distant city under the name Robert Shirtliff and became a member of the Light Infantry Company of the 4th Massachusetts Regiment. Sampson’s unit was a group of elite troops, in which all of the soldiers were taller and stronger than the average man. It proved the perfect cover for Sampson, as no one thought to look for a woman in such a skilled, special unit.
Deborah Sampson quickly proved her worth and her grit as a female soldier. She fought her first battle on July 3, 1782 and took two musket balls to the thigh. When her fellow soldiers found her wounded, Sampson begged them to let her die rather than take her to a doctor—once at the hospital, Sampson escaped before doctors could treat her to prevent them from discovering her gender. So, Sampson removed one of the musket balls herself and left the other inside her leg. Deborah Sampson continued fighting for her new nation, receiving an honorable discharge at West Point in 1783 after more than a year of brave service.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Patriotic collection of quality costume clothing, this children’s Deborah Sampson costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the brave Revolutionary War hero herself. You’ll look just like “Timothy Thayer” or “Robert Shirtliff” serving amongst the men of the Continental Army on the battlefield when you don this historically accurate costume set. To capture Sampson’s attire accurately, this costume includes a Revolutionary War frock coat (also known as a colonial military jacket) with contrasting tan trim, a military vest with an attached dickey, a lace jabot, and a pair of colonial military breeches.
If you’d like to enhance your Deborah Sampson attire with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality Deborah Sampson costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be a woman serving with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War in the 18th century. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ Deborah Sampson patriotic costume is built to last.
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