From Heroes to Handbags: Military Wives Honor Women of the Past

Military Wives Honor Female Heroes from History through Handmade American Goods


SOUTHERN PINES, NC— Like all of R.Riveter’s handbags, the Corbin backpack was named after a female hero of American military history. Margaret Cochran Corbin was an incredibly strong woman who fought in the American Revolutionary War despite the status of women at the time.

R.Riveter’s handbags are more than just canvas and leather coming together into a beautiful, functional accessory. Each part and piece, from the leather support tags to the outer canvas shell, is made in the homes of military spouses across the country. No single handbag is the same, including their latest release the Corbin backpack.

“We couldn’t think of a better namesake for the first backpack in our line than Margaret Corbin,” said R.Riveter co-founder, Lisa Bradley. “As with all our products, we want the women who carry our bags to feel like they’re not only getting a stylish and high-quality accessory, but that they feel inspired and empowered by the stories of the women for whom they are named. Our goal is for the legacy Margaret Corbin left behind to inspire bravery, confidence, and adventure in each and every person who carries the Corbin handbag.”

A nurse by trade, Corbin decided to join her husband, John, in fighting alongside the hundreds of men battling the British troops. Though John was enlisted in the First Company of Pennsylvania Artillery and Margaret was not, she had observed her husband shooting cannons. During battle, her husband fell in action and Corbin bravely took his place at the cannon, continuing to fire until she was too seriously injured to continue. Corbin was hit in her jaw, chest, and arm, eventually having to surrender due to her injuries. She became the first woman to receive a military pension, and has a monument dedicated to her at West Point Cemetery.

Founded by military spouses Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, R.Riveter was born out of their desire—and personal need—to create mobile, flexible income for military spouses. In the spirit of Rosie the Riveter, all of R.Riveter’s handbags are handmade in America by military spouses all over the country (called “Riveters”), and one out of every three dollars spent at R.Riveter goes directly back into the hands of military families. Each Riveter is responsible for constructing one particular element of a product, and all are sent to the R.Riveter warehouse in North Carolina for assembly.

For more information on the Corbin backpack and all of R.Riveter’s products, visit their website at

Meet the Riveters Who Built the Corbin


  • RR169 – Jen D; Fort Bragg, NC
  • RR102 – Jenni C; Fort Benning, GA
  • RR170 – Missy K; Raleigh, NC

Support Tags

  • RR053 – Danie H; Fort Campbell, KY
  • RR131 – Jenn S; Fort Still, OK
  • RR024 – Jocelyn V; Fort Carson, CO

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