Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hannah Snell

Hannah Snell – a British soldier who, due to the laws of the time, dressed as a man in order to serve. An interesting true story of the 18th century, apparently her public crossdressing started after her husband mysteriously disappeared. She borrowed her brother-in-law's clothing and name and went off in pursuit of her husband, who had been executed for murder. She joined the Royal Marines in 1747 and had a storied career on the open seas for three years without revealing her gender, until doing so to her shipmates in 1750. After going public, she was honourably discharged and was granted an army pension. She then went on to open a pub entitled The Female Warrior.

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