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Molly Pitcher

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, March 16, 2015
1. Molly Pitcher Marker
Inscription.
Mary † † † McKolly
† †† † † † † McCauley
==========
Mary Hays
nee
Mary Ludwig

Born † October 13, 1744
Died † January 22, 1832

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Mary Ludwig (“Molly Pitcher”)

Daughter of John Ludwig
Born † October 13, 1744 † – † Died † January 22, 1832

† † Married John Hays † 1769 – John Hays enlisted December 1, 1775 in Proctorís First Pennsylvania Artillery – Re-enlisted January 1, 1777.
† † Sergeant John Hays was wounded at the Battle of Monmouth June 28, 1778.
† † Mary Ludwig Hays (“Molly Pitcher”) returned to Carlisle, Pa. with her wounded husband and after his death she married Sergeant George McKolly (or McCauley.)
† † She died January 22, 1832, and was buried with military honors.
† † The Pennsylvania Assembly 1821-1822 granted a pension to Molly McKolly (or McCauley) for services rendered.
† † This monument is erected by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania June 28, 1916.

Commissioners:
Roy L. Schuyler – Chairman † † † † † Herman A. Miller – Vice Chairman
William S. Wacker – Treasurer † † † † † William A. Rupp – Secretary

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† † Mary Ludwig Hays (“Molly Pitcher”) accompanied her husband during his service
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2. Left Marker
in the Continental Army and rendered valuable service in the capacity of an army nurse and by reason of her many acts of kindness became known throughout the army, from the oft-repeated expression “Here comes Molly and her pitcher,” as “Molly Pitcher.”
† † At the Battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778, Sergeant John Hays was severely wounded and as he fell to the ground Molly sprang to the cannon he had been serving, which cannon had been ordered to the rear, but before the gun could be withdrawn she had taken her husbandís place and rendered such vallant service that General George Washington after the battle thanked her personally for her bravery and heroic action.


“Molly Pitcher” (Mary Hays)
Oíer Monmouthís field of carnage drear
with cooling drinks and words of cheer,
a woman passed who knew no fear,
the wife of Hays, the gunner.
With ramrod from her husbandís hand,
beside his gun she took her stand
and helped to wrest our well-loved land
from Englandís tyrant king.
From the ranks this woman came,
by the cannon won her fame;
íTis true she could not write her name
but Freedomís hand hath carved it.
Shall we then criticize her ways?
Nay, rather give her well-earned praise,
then doff our caps and voices raise
in cheers for Molly Pircher.

 
Erected
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By Bill Coughlin, March 16, 2015
3. Right Marker
1916 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
Location. 40° 11.851′ N, 77° 11.296′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from E South Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Old Graveyard in Carlisle. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Brigadier General William Thompson (a few steps from this marker); Carlisle Old Graveyard Revolutionary War Soldiers (a few steps from this marker); Old Graveyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Molly Pitcher (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Andrť (about 700 feet away); Andre & Despard House (about 700 feet away); The Salvation Army (about 700 feet away); Saint Katharine's Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Molly Pitcher image. Click for full size.
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4. Molly Pitcher
Molly Pitcher Monument image. Click for full size.
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5. Molly Pitcher Monument
Left Marker image. Click for full size.
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6. Left Marker
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7. Right Marker
Closeup of Molly Pitcher Statue image. Click for full size.
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8. Closeup of Molly Pitcher Statue
Molly at the Cannon image. Click for full size.
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9. Molly at the Cannon
This is one of two bas relief plaques on the front of the monument.
Molly Tends to the Wounded image. Click for full size.
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10. Molly Tends to the Wounded
This is another bas relief plaque on the front of the monument.
Penn Seal on rear of Monument image. Click for full size.
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11. Penn Seal on rear of Monument
Rear of the Molly Pitcher Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 16, 2015
12. Rear of the Molly Pitcher Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on March 16, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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