The nickname Molly Pitcher was given to many women during the revolutionary war. Mary Ludwig Hay McCauley was one of the women given the nickname of Molly Pitcher. Her job was to assist her husband by prepping the cannon between rounds. After he died in battle, she took over firing the cannon herself. At one point in the battle, British cannon fire went right through her skirt without damaging her. She made some comment along the lines of, at least it didn't hit anything important, and kept on firing.