Near Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
John's company was ordered to New York. On November 16, 1776. While they were stationed at Fort Washington in upper Manhattan, 4,000 British soldiers and Hessian mercenaries attacked the out-numbered Maryland and Virginia riflemen who were defending the position. Corbin's artillery was ordered to hold off the attackers with what few cannons they had. Every hand was needed to man the cannon and muskets.
John was assisting a gunner until the gunner was killed. John took charge of the cannon and Margaret assisted him. Soon afterward, John was killed. With no time to grieve, Margaret continued loading and firing the cannon by herself. Her aim and accuracy drew the attention of the ten field cannons of the Hessians, and they soon trained their guns on her. She continued to fire until she was wounded by grapeshot,
Revolutionary War hero Margaret Corbin was the first woman to receive a U.S. military pension.
Erected 2021 by the Women's Veteran Memorial Advisory Committee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Revolutionary • Women. A significant historical date for this entry is November 12, 1751.
Location. 30° 23.901′ N, 86° 35.596′ W. Marker is near Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Miracle Strip Parkway, SE (U.S. 98) west of Pier Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Patriots (here, next to this marker); Cathay Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Naseema (within shouting distance of this marker); Lenah Higbee (within shouting distance of this marker); Leigh Ann Hester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jacqueline Cochran (about 400 feet away); Sharon Ann Lane (about 400 feet away); Jonita Ruth Bonham (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
More about this marker. Located behind the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center on Okaloosa Island and close to the Veterans Park Rookery. Parking is available at the Convention Center. The park features eight statues in honor of women who have sacrificed for our country as true patriots.
Also see . . .
1. Short history about Margaret Corbin from the Women Veterans Memorial website. (Submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Margaret Corbin. (Submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 20, 2022, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.