Mary Ludwig Hayes' Cannon and Ramrod


Mary Ludwig Hayes (a.k.a. Molly Pitcher/The Battle of Monmouth)


Cannon and ramrod


Cannon will fire without needing to be reloaded, and the ramrod can control the direction of the cannonball while protecting the user.


Both must be neutralized to cancel out effects


Lighting wick and holding while being fired upon, respectively

Collected by

Warehouse 12 Agent


The Schoningen Armory


Floor Display #5

Date of Collection

July 8, 1884



Mary Ludwig Hayes famously became known as Molly Pitcher, a nickname based on the fact that Molly was a common women's name during the Revolutionary War. Women would often make runs off and onto the battlefield with jugs of water for the soldiers and to cool the cannons. Sadly their accomplishments have been largely forgotten, partly due to misogynistic record keeping and partly because not many women could read and write at the time.

Mary Ludwig Hayes was distinguished in her service by her story at the Battle of Monmouth. After her husband, an artillery man, was wounded in battle she took his spot with the ramrod manning the cannon. Famously, a cannonball flew at her feet. With a quick jump into the air the cannonball flew under her legs, tearing her skirt. She then said, "Well, that could have been worse," and went back to loading the cannon.


When the fuse of the cannon is lit, cannonballs will launch without the need for reloading. The cannonballs are imbued with destructive energy, and can cause even more damage than regular cannonballs.

The ramrod acts as a control device. When the cannon goes off the wielder of the ramrod can control the direction, but not the force, of the cannonball. The holder of the ramrod will also be protected from ammunition fire. The bullets or cannonballs will curve around him/her, harmlessly deflecting to the side. The ramrod can also be activated by itself, but it becomes slightly less effective.


Warehouse 12 agents collected these artifacts after a rouge loyalist left over from the Revolutionary War launched cannonballs at an Independence Day celebration.