From the book: Pirates of the Carolinas:
One of the most unusual pirate groups began when young Anne Bonny the daughter of a prominent Charles Town lawyer and plantation owner defied her father and married a young ne’er-do-well.
The newly wedded couple promptly departed for New Providence Island to seek their fortune.
Anne soon tired of married bliss and left her new husband for a dashing pirate, Jack Rackham, known as Calico Jack for his flamboyant clothing.
The two new lovers stole a ship, recruited a crew of ruthless felons and sailed out a pirating upon the bounding main.
Anne’s new profession was much to her liking and she entered into the bloody fray wielding a cutlass and pistol as well as the best men.
After taking many prizes Anne and Rackham chanced upon a Dutch merchant ship whose crew yielded with little resistance except for one young Englishman who refused to surrender.
Rather than kill him Calico Jack offered him a chance to join the pirate crew. The brave young lad accepted the offer.
Anne and the new pirate quickly became attracted to each other and Jack’s jealousy was aroused to such a degree that he vowed to cut the lad’s throat. Anne intervened and prevented the slaughter by revealing that he was not a he but he was a she!
Mary Read was her name and she had posed as a male almost her entire life. She had even served as a soldier in the English army before having gone to sea.
Mary and Anne fought more fiercely than any of the men according to the court records when they were captured but they were not hung with the men because they were both pregnant. Mary died in prison but Anne’s fate is unknown.
Jack Rackham was allowed to see Anne on his way to the gallows. She told him that if “he had fought like a man he would not have to hang like a dog!”