Research Services Librarian Rachel Nellis discusses The Female Review: or Memoirs of an American Young Lady by Herman Mann. In this 1797 biography, Mann explored the life of Deborah Sampson, a soldier in the Massachusetts Line and one of the first female pensioners of the American Revolution. Mixing fact with romantic inventions, this imaginative account of Sampson’s wartime service was published to support her case for a pension, which she first received in 1805. Sampson’s life and the creation of this book provide an interesting starting point for analysis of the treatment of enlisted soldiers and woman combatants after the war.
This program accompanies our exhibition, America’s First Veterans, in which the book is displayed.