Civilian Supporters of the Militia
Our civilian supporters are the men, women, and children who provide services to keep the militia functioning effectively. These people might be local sutlers (merchants), artisans, drovers, wainwrights, coopers, blacksmiths, tailors/seamstresses, cooks, laundresses, and soldiers’ family members supporting the militia members serving at a fort or encamped in the area. In order for soldiers’ wives to be permitted in camp, the Commanding Officer must deem them to be of “good moral character”. Men in a military encampment typically did their own repairs to clothing and cooked their own meals. Women might help to prepare and serve meals, cooking for their husbands or for men who could afford to pay them, and also might take on some sewing to earn extra money. However, the most common occupations for women were servants to high ranking officers, laundresses, and providing nursing services to men with illnesses or injuries. If serving in the militia or fife and drum corps is not for you but you’d like to participate, consider joining us as a civilian supporter!