Anne Bailey: Horseback Heroine

After Anne Bailey’s husband is killed by Native Americans, she defies the social norms of the frontier and volunteers as a mounted messenger, risking her life to deliver vital messages and intelligence to isolated forts and settlements. After riding hundreds of miles through hostile territory, she is quickly celebrated for her incredible endurance and quick thinking. On one harrowing ride, Anne abandons her horse to evade a Shawnee war party that is chasing her. Later, under the cover of darkness, she follows the Shawnee to their camp and steals back her horse, an act so audacious the Shawnee give her the moniker “Mad Anne.” In her most legendary adventure, Anne makes an historic 240-mile ride to retrieve enough gunpowder to save Fort Lee, and her own family, from a massive Indian uprising.