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The Navy Had A Few Female Sailors, Too!

Discussion in 'The Ladies Tea' started by JPK Huson 1863, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. JPK Huson 1863

    JPK Huson 1863 Colonel Forum Host

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    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."
     
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  3. donna

    donna Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host

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    Great find. I didn't know this.
     
  4. Mark F. Jenkins

    Mark F. Jenkins Lt. Colonel

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    hmm.... Although Louvest's role was significant, I think it's a stretch to call her a sailor. :smile:
     
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    Mary Louvest would be a candidate for the Female Spies Thread. Haven't been able to find anything about her yet except Merrimac references.
     
  6. JPK Huson 1863

    JPK Huson 1863 Colonel Forum Host

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    She was NEAR a sailor, doesn't that count? :smile:
     
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