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Hoffman receives ‘Molly Pitcher’ honor

March 2, 2018
Estherville News

Judy Hoffman of Estherville recently was honored with "The Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher." The certificate states:

"Be it remembered: That the hereinafter mentioned individual has distinguished herself through faithful and devoted service to the Field Artillery Community and

"Be it known: By all ye Field Artillerymen who may be honored for her presents that Mrs. Judi Hoffman has been faithful to the Artillery. Offering courage and patience and help in the best traditions of the military services, she has been found worthy to be numbered as a deserving member of this traditional sisterhood and has been duly initiated into the fold.

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"Be it further understood: That we hereby confer up her the shield of Molly Pitcher emblazoned above and enjoin all Field Artillerymen henceforth to show her due honor and respect whenever she enters this midst."

Hoffman received the honor in January signed by Eric C. Wieland, LTC, FA, Iowa Army National Guard.

The Story of Molly Pitcher

An Artillery wife, Mary Hays McCauly (better known as Molly Pitcher) shared the rigors of Valley Forge with her husband, William Hays. Her actions during the battle of Monmouth (28 June 1778) became legendary. That day at Monmouth was as hot as Valley Forge was cold. Someone had to cool the hot guns and bathe parched throats with water.

Across that bullet-swept ground, a striped skirt fluttered. Mary Hays McCauly was earning her nickname "Molly Pitcher" by bringing pitcher after pitcher of cool spring water to the exhausted and thirsty men. She also tended to the wounded and once, heaving a crippled continental soldier up on her strong young back, carried him out of reach of hard-charging Britishers. On her next trip with water she found her artilleryman husband back with the guns again, replacing a casualty. While she watched, Hays fell wounded. The piece, its crew too depleted to serve it, was about to be withdrawn. Without hesitation, Molly stepped forward and took the rammer staff from her fallen husband's hands. For the second time on an American battlefield, a woman manned a gun. (The first was Margaret Corbin during the defense of Fort Washington in 1776.) Resolutely, she stayed at her post in the face of heavy enemy fire, ably acting as a matross (gunner).

For her heroic role, General Washington himself issued her a warrant as a noncommissioned officer. Thereafter, she was widely hailed as "Sergeant Molly." A flagstaff and cannon stand at her gravesite at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. A sculpture on the battle monument commemorates her courageous deed.



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