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.
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