A Few Legendary Female Sailors, from NYTimes Opinion Page, " Women at War ", excerpt by C. Kay Larson "Women also served in naval roles. Elizabeth Taylor, a British volunteer, served disguised as a sailor, likely on a Confederate raider. In January 1863, presumably, Augusta Devereaux, the captain’s wife, retook their merchant ship, J. P. Ellicott, from a Confederate prize crew, with the help of mostly Caribbean seamen. She commanded the vessel to St. Thomas, where it was turned over to the United States consul. In mid-February 1862, Mary Louvest, a Norfolk free black, hand delivered traced plans of the Confederate ironclad Merrimac to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, advising that the Merrimac would soon go on the attack."