Pitcher, Molly, the nickname of a Revolutionary War heroine. She is generally identified as Mary (“Molly”) Ludwig (1744?–1832), who was born near Trenton, New Jersey. In 1769 she married John Caspar Hays in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and after his death in 1789 she married George McCauley (or McKolly). According to tradition she was with her husband, a gunner in the Continental Army, at the Battle of Monmouth (1778), and earned her nickname carrying water to thirsty soldiers. When her husband was wounded, the story continues, she took his place for the rest of the battle.
In the dark of night on Dec. 16, 1773, residents of Boston poured more than 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor. But they weren't trying to set a world record for the most cups of tea made at one time. They were protesting the British government.
President Jefferson sent a couple of his representatives over to France to buy the city of New Orleans. What he got was the Louisiana Purchase, a patch of land that nearly doubled the size of the young nation.