in the greater Kanawha Valley as a frontierswoman who could handle
a horse, hatchet, and long rifle as well as any man. When her
husband was killed in the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, she
embarked on a new life as a border scout and messenger. The 1861
poem “Anne Bailey’s Ride” commemorated her heroic
1791 ride alone from Fort Lee (Charleston) to Fort Savannah (Lewisburg)
and her return with gunpowder, desperately needed when the fort
was threatened with attack.