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Anna Maria Lane

Soldier of the American Revolution

 
 
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By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
1. Anna Maria Lane Marker
Inscription. Near the Bell Tower in Capitol Square stood the barracks of the Public Guard. There, from 1801 to 1807, lived John Lane and his wife, Anna Maria Lane, the only documented woman veteran of the Revolutionary War to reside in Virginia. She disguised herself and enlisted with her husband in the Connecticut Continental Line. "In the garb, and with the courage of a soldier, (she) performed extraordinary military services," and was wounded at Germantown, Pa., in 1777. She followed Lane through his subsequent service in the Virginia light dragoons, and then, after the war, to the Public Guard. Granted a pension in 1808, she died on 13 June 1810.
 
Erected 1997 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number SA-47.)
 
Location. 37° 32.337′ N, 77° 26.132′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of N. 9th Street and E. Franklin Street, on the right when traveling north on N. 9th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bell Tower (a few steps from this marker); Edgar Allen Poe (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Richmond Evacuation Fire
Anna Maria Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
2. Anna Maria Lane Marker
The Capitol Square Bell Tower is in the background.
(about 300 feet away); The First National Bank Building (about 400 feet away); Zero Milestone (about 400 feet away); George Washington Monument (about 500 feet away); Inauguration of Davis (about 500 feet away); Harry Flood Byrd (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Regarding Anna Maria Lane. Anna Marie Lane and her husband, John Lane, were among New England troops under General Israel Putnam who linked up with Washington’s army near Philadelphia after the battle of Brandywine. At the battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777 Anna Maria received a wound that left her lame for life. Whether she cross-dressed and enlisted as a soldier or simply remained in the status of camp follower is not known. She was probably not with her husband who was wounded at Savannah, Georgia. After the war John Lane was a member of the Virginia state guard, used for protecting the state’s arsenals. John, Anna Maria, and their three children received daily military rations. Long after the war Anna Maria petitioned the Virginia government for a pension, stating that she was “very infirm, having
Anna Maria Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., January 3, 2008
3. Anna Maria Lane Marker
View looking north on North 9th Street.
been disabled by a severe wound, which she received while fighting as a common soldier … from which she never recovered.” On February 6, 1808 Anna Maria and John Lane both were awarded pensions of $40 annually each for life by the Virginia government. Anna Maria Lane died two years later.

Excerpt from the book The War for Independence and the Transformation of American Society by Harry M Ward.
 
Also see . . .
1. Legislative Moments in Virginia History entry for Anna Maria Lane. (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Women's History in Virginia entry for Anna Maria Lane. (Submitted on January 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords. Women in the Military
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,156 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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