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Belonging to the Army: Camp Follower and Community During the American Revolution
Belonging to the Army reveals the identity and importance of the civilians now referred to as camp followers, whom Holly A. Mayer calls the forgotten revolutionaries of the War for American Independence. These merchants, contractors, family members, servants, government officers, and military employees provided necessary supplies, services, and emotional support to the tro ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by University of South Carolina Press
(first published October 1996)
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Armies consist of much more than just soldiers, a fact which is easily forgotten. Holly Mayer's study, Belonging to the Army is a look at the men, women, and children who were associated with George Washington's army but not enlisted in it as soldiers. This provides a valuable view of civilian/military relations as well as a glimpse into the complex logistical issues faced by the American army. These camp followers, eventually incorporated into the structure of the army, formed a tight community ...more