On November 16, 1776, Fort Washington was attacked by the British. John Corbin, an artilleryman, was in charge of firing a small cannon at the top of a ridge. During an assault by the Hessians, John was killed, leaving his cannon unmanned. His wife Margaret, after witnessing his death, immediately took his place at the cannon. She fired away until her arm, chest, and jaw were hit by enemy fire. The British won the Battle, and Margret, was treated as a wounded soldier & paroled.