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Revolutionary War "The Heroine of The Battle of Yorktown". A resident of Mount Pleasant Township, Wayne Co. PA. Buried in the Green Grove Cemetery (gravestone: Nov. 1744-April 1859/ Sarah's testimony, Nov. 17, 1756- Obituary 04/26/1858). Born in Blooming Grove, Orange County, New York. Her maiden name was Sarah Mary Mathews. At age 7 moved with her family to the Pike Co./Monroe Co. area. She experienced many dangers and hardships living a frontier life. Sarah married her first husband, William Read, who was killed in one of the first battles of the Revolution. She then married Aaron Osborn, a blacksmith/commissary sergeant during the Revolutionary War. He insisted that she accompany him. Stationed at West Point for a length of time she was kept busy sewing and washing clothes for the soldiers. She relieved her husband as sentinel as he and other soldiers prepared for an attack of the British forces at New York City. It is said that General George Washington encountered her during an inspection tour of his sentries and asked her, "Who placed you here?" She was said to reply, "Them that has a right to, sir." To which, Washington, accepted her reply, and continued his tour. She traveled with the troops to Philadelphia. With only 3 other women traveling with the troops, Sarah was tasked to bake for the soldiers. She continued to travel with her husband and the troops to Baltimore, boarding a ship to Williamsburg. From there they marched on foot to Yorktown. Sarah and the other women set up their washstands and outdoor kitchen to provide clean clothes and food to the soldiers. It is said in the height of battle Sarah carried water and tended to the wounded. Her philosophy was "it would not do for the men to fight and starve too." Sarah was witness to the British surrender and the destruction of Yorktown by the fighting. Sarah and her husband returned to Pompton Plains with the main body of the army, then returned to West Point. In June 1783 Sarah's husband was discharged from the Army. While living in New Windsor their two children were born. Sadly, Sarah's husband deserted his family months after their son was born. She then moved to Blooming Grove working for nearby farmers to support herself and her family. She married John Benjamin in April 1787; they went on to have three children. Sarah and John moved to Mount Pleasant Township, Wayne Co. PA in 1822 where John died in April 1826. She was active in the religious life of the Pleasant Mount Presbyterian Church and supported its mission program. Banner is located on Church St next to Central Park.