Friday, March 9, 2012

Anne Mills

"In Caulfield's Portraits of Remarkable Persons is a portrait of Anne Mills, styled the female sailor, who is represented as standing on what appears to be the end of a pier and holding in one hand a human head, while the other bears a sword, the instrument doubtless with which the decapitation was affected. In the year 1740, she was serving on boar the Maidstone, a frigate, and in an action between that vessel and the enemy, she exhibited such desperate and daring valour as to be particularly noticed by the whole crew. But her mobives for assuming the male habit do not seem to have transpired." ~ Strange Pages from Family Papers

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