Molly Pitcher in the above photo was one of the first women in America in combat. When her husband fell in combat she took his place and kept the guns firing.
The Pentagon recently opened the military up for American Women in Combat but we have had American Women in Combat going back to the Revolutionary War. It really isn't anything new.
Calamity Jane was an American Scout guiding troops and explorers in the American west.
Jane suffered with alcoholism all her life. She eventually found her way to Deadwood South Dakota and she fell in love with Wild Bill Hickok but he did not return her love. At one point she was on a stagecoach on the way into Deadwood and she fought off Indians and drove the stage into Deadwood.
After Hickok was killed in Deadwood Jane drifted around becoming part of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Decades of hard living and liquor caught up with her and she died on August 1 , 1903.
Morning Robe Woman
Morning Robe Woman rode out with the other Braves of the Lakota Sioux when they attacked Custer at the Little Big Horn. Legend has it that she killed Custer with a knife but that is not true. He died of gunshot wounds. But the legends of Morning Robe Woman are still told among the Sioux. It is said she was one of the bravest women that ever lived.
Annie was a great shot with almost any weapon and she believed very highly in women's rights. She wanted to be allowed to fight in the Spanish American War but was not allowed to do so. It's said she was the greatest woman sharpshooter to ever live.
Laura Bullion rode with Butch and Sundance. Bullion's wild life ended in 1901 when she was arrested for her part in a train robbery. She served three years and six months in prison. She moved to Memphis Tennessee where she died in 1961 as the oldest surviving member of the Wild Bunch. And she is an important part of women in history though not many people can tell you who she was.
Laura Bullion was an outlaw, who rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's Wild Bunch. Her father too was a criminal and likely introduced her, at age 13, to two nefarious Wild Bunch gangsters who would also become her lovers. William “News” Carver was involved with Bullion for a time when she was 15, while she was working as a prostitute. Later, the bank and train robber Ben “Tall Texan” Kilpatrick and Bullion formed an amorous relationship.
Law enforcement officials believed that Bullion dressed as a boy when she assisted the gang in their robberies. She also helped them fence their stolen good and acquire supplies.
Bullions' wild life was halted in 1901 when she was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri and convicted for her role in a train robbery. She served three years and six months in prison. Unlike the bloody end most of the Wild Bunch found, Bullion seemed to calm down after her time behind bars. She moved to Memphis, Tennessee and lived a quiet life until 1961, when she died as the last survivor of the Wild Bunch gang.
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Or maybe Bullion wasn't the last Wild Bunch woman. Etta Place, the lover of the Sundance Kid, disappeared after the probable death of the Kid in a shootout with Bolivian soldiers.
Even Place's name is mysterious. Little is know about her until she appears in the investigation notes of the Pinkerton Detective Agency as the consort of Harry Longabaugh, the real-name of the Sundance Kid. She was good looking, 5'4" to 5'5" tall, weighed 110-115 pounds, with a medium build and brown hair, according to the detective agency.
She is known to have accompanied Butch and Sundance to Argentina in 1905, where she assisted the outlaws in a bank robbery. They then evaded capture by South American authorities by crossing the Andes into Chile. In 1906, the criminal team returned to the U.S., but Place didn't go back to South America with her ill- fated lover, who likely died riddled with Bolivian bullets in 1908.
The last time she appeared was in 1909 when she requested a copy of the Sundance Kid's death certificate from Bolivian authorities. What happened to her after that is lost to time.
Unlike Place, the end of the short, violent life of Bonnie Parker was well-documented. Advances in the mass media during the early 20th century made Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow infamous and famous on the national stage right up to their gruesome finale.
Photographs taken by Parker were discovered after a raid on the Joplin, Missouri hideout of Bonnie and Clyde's gang. The newly developed newswire spread the photos nationwide, along with exaggerated, glamorous accounts of the gang's life. The clowning photos of Parker chomping on a cigar with a pistol on her hip, cemented her image as the classic bad girl, although she later claimed she didn't smoke cigars and police accounts are unclear whether she ever fired a shot at any of the nine police and numerous civilians killed by her gang.
Bonnie and Clyde enjoyed public Robin Hood-style popularity until their wanton killing turned popular support against them. The police had never rooted for the couple and were closing in on them with renewed ferocity after the gang's raid on a Texas prison in 1934.
Bonnie and Clyde's murderous adventure of fame and infamy ended on a remote road in Louisiana on May 23, 1934. Six lawmen ended the duo's lives, pumping an estimated 17 bullets into Clyde and 26 into Bonnie.
Those are just a few of the Great American Women in history. There are many more but those are some of the ones I know the most about. People might debate Bonnie Parker being there but at the time of their death Bonnie and Clyde had as many if not more supporters than they did enemies. They were thought of as a type of Robin Hood by many people especially poor Americans during that time in America.
Susan B Anthony , At Age 36
Susan Anthony had to be in this thread. She was a famous American woman who worked hard for the civil rights of women and she needs to be in this thread also. She was one of the greatest American Women ever.
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