WIR - the many Anne Baileys
- Here's a question about women fighting in Continental forces that's
nibbled at me for a while. Why are two examples named Ann Bailey?
There's the Anne Hennis of Liverpool, who became Anne Trotter, and is
said to have worked as a scout and courier for the forces in western
Virginia. With a second marriage she became Anne Bailey, and that (with
the appellation "Mad") is the name that's come down to us:
And there's the Nancy or Anne Bailey who enlisted in Massachusetts and
served for several weeks in 1777, as Jennifer R-M just wrote about.
Finally, not in the ranks or with the army but remembered for her manly
exertions after the British storming of Fort Griswold was Anna Warner,
who also married a Bailey:
Is this just coincidence? Do lines of folklore intersect?
J. L. Bell Boston1775@...
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