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This Week on Dispatches: Jim Piecuch on Women and Revolutionary-Era Armies

On this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer interviews historian and JAR associate editor, Jim Piecuch who elaborates on his article about the suggestion for a British “Female Corp”... The post This Week on Dispatches:...

A Plan for a British “Female Corps”

The thought of allowing women to serve in combat was considered ridiculous only a few decades ago in most western nations; it was an... The post A Plan for a British “Female Corps” appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Alexander Milliner, Age Ten, Enlisted September 178

To create an organized and effective force the Continental Army required more than just soldiers and officers. Camp followers helped to maintain and even... The post Alexander Milliner, Age Ten, Enlisted September 1780 appeared first on Journal of the...

“we got orders to go to Virginia”

Members of the Convention Army——British and Hessian troops surrendered by General John Burgoyne after the battle of Saratoga in 1777——became prisoners of war after Britain and the Continental Congress failed to reach an agreement...
From: In the Words of Women on 19 May 2018

The Convention Army

In 1777, in an attempt to divide New England from the other colonies, British and Hessian forces, under Lieutenant General John (Johnny) Burgoyne, marched from Canada through the Champlain Valley and Lake George intending to rendezvous at Albany with...
From: In the Words of Women on 4 May 2018

Some British Camp Followers on Trial

An article I would like to recommend to your attention appears in The Journal of the American Revolution —WOMEN ON TRIAL: BRITISH SOLDIERS’ WIVES TRIED BY COURT MARTIAL by Don N. Hagist. It is a reminder that British soldiers in America during...
From: In the Words of Women on 2 Mar 2018

The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center Rev War camp follower.

The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center Rev War camp follower
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 21 Jun 2015

Tracking Down a Musket-Toting Woman

Ray Raphael just described how an Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History asked students to analyze what this image of a musket-toting woman said about the Revolutionary War. The picture appeared on an undated broadside commenting on the war with a poem...

Marblehead Woman

In education circles, document-based learning is all the rage. The idea is to present a historical document, ask students to examine it closely, then pose some questions. These DBQs, as they are affectionately called, are expected to introduce young people...

“Following the Drum”

Although the book Following the Drum: Women at the Valley Forge Encampment was published in 2009, I just recently discovered it. For shame! Written by Nancy K. Loane who is a former seasonal ranger at Valley Forge National Historical Park, it describes...
From: In the Words of Women on 28 Apr 2014

8 Fast Facts About Camp Followers

They were always there, but are seldom mentioned.  Name any major battle or campaign: New York, Brandywine, Germantown, Saratoga, Yorktown, Camden, Kings Mountain, Guilford Courthouse, Cowpens, Charleston; there are accounts of Camp Followers at each...

“washing, mending, and cooking for the soldiers”

In her deposition, Sarah Osborn (see previous post) describes her journey with the American troops to the South, first to Philadelphia, and then on to Yorktown. They continued their march to Philadelphia, deponent [Sarah] on horseback through the streets,...
From: In the Words of Women on 20 Mar 2014

“Row on boys”

Sarah Matthews Osborn, wife of Aaron, a blacksmith, whom she had married “during the hard winter of 1780” in Albany, New York, accompanied her husband when he re-enlisted as a commissary guard on condition that she would be permitted to ride in a...
From: In the Words of Women on 17 Mar 2014

“such a great quantity of snow fell”

Outside the window next to my computer I see that snow is falling, along with the temperatures, yet again. Fie on the polar vortex. Yet it puts me in mind of Valley Forge and the suffering of the Americans there in the cold winter of 1777-78. And of other...
From: In the Words of Women on 30 Jan 2014

Blood and Bandages: British Army Wives as Nurses

Army wives who followed their soldier husbands on campaign earned their living by washing clothes, selling provisions, or in the lucrative role of hospital nurses. Source: Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection As a young woman in Somerset in 1773 you married...

12 Questions with Holly Mayer

When we asked our Facebook readers who they’d most like to see interviewed, Holly A. Mayer was at the top of that list. Mayer just stepped down as chair of the History Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to focus on research...

Packs and Bags.

My thanks to the Flintlock and Tomahawk blog for this image.French military on the march. Up the top of this image there appears to be some fortification. Possibly constructed for a short stay. Snapsacks can be seen here, and quite large ones too. Also...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 3 Mar 2013

“We … had this sad sight before us the whole day”

Mercenaries from the small states of what is now Germany were hired by the British to supplement their forces. They too had camp followers. Madame Fredericka von Riedesel, with their three children, joined her husband who was a general in Burgoyne’s...
From: In the Words of Women on 19 Nov 2012

“they … saluted us with a cannon ball”

Thousands of women traveled with the armies during the Revolution: American, British, and Hessian. Called “camp followers,” they served as cooks, laundresses, seamstresses, and nurses. Some were wives—of officers or common soldiers. Others...
From: In the Words of Women on 15 Nov 2012

Daughters of the Regiment

There was a wonderful story in the in the New York Times on August 5th called “Women at War” by C. K. Larson about the activities that women on both sides undertook in fighting the American Civil War. Larson reminded us that these Civil War...
From: In the Words of Women on 9 Aug 2012

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