|The 1909 memorial at Fort Tryon Park, NYC|
|Margaret Corbin Recharging the Cannon|
The British ultimately won the Battle of Fort Washington, and Margaret and her brave comrades were subsequently captured. The British subsequently renamed the spot for Major General Sir William Tryon, who was also the last British governor of colonial New York. Although the Continental Army ultimately succeeded in winning the War of Independence, the site continued to be referred to as Fort Tryon. It is interesting to note that in the 1970s there was a movement to rename the park for an American hero. Serendipitously at that time Margaret Corbin's story resurfaced and, honoring her memory, the park's plaza and drive were named for Corbin and the park retained the Tryon name.
HONORING THE HEROINE: As the equivalent of a wounded soldier, Margaret was more fortunate than most of the men, Though her injuries were not fatal,
|Margaret Corbin memorial at West Point cemetery|
What conditions created a feisty patriot like Margaret Corbin? Perhaps it was her early life in West Pennsylvania. She was born on November 12, 1751 and her parents were Robert Cochran, a Scots-Irish immigrant, and his wife, Sarah. It was a frontier upbringing with Indian savages on the prowl. In 1756, her parents were attacked by Native Americans; her father killed, and he mother kidnapped, never to be seen again. With such a wrenching memory five year old Margaret, early on, must have developed a strong constitution that served her well in later years as one of the first women warriors to fight for independence from British rule during the American Revolution. .