Most people assume that a "Campfollower" means something disreputable. A camp follower is, in fact, much more than a woman of "questionable character".
A campfollower was anyone, male or female, who followed the army. Some followed because they had family members enlisted and perhaps had no place else to go.
Some were hired to follow and served in the capacity of laundresses, seamstresses, and cooks. Some served as sutlers, suppliers of goods. And yes, there were "those" ladies as well. But keep in mind, some of the officers had their wives with them and they, too, fall into the category of campfollower, including Martha Washington.
* Cooking * Sewing and Mending uniforms * Churning butter * Cleaning up during and after cooking * Knitting * Make thread buttons * Weep, tell tales of woe * Gaming * Bathe small children * Simple basketry * Drop Spinning * Lucetting * Tape Weaving * Sing, play period instrument * Making Candles * Foraging * Write letters for illiterate soldiers * Check each other for vermin * Gather kindling & wood * Fetch Water
* Teach children to sew, knit. lucet, etc. * Attend to the sick
Duties of a soldier in this type of include participation in the battle tactics and firing of weapons, shouting insults at the enemy, temporarily assisting a wounded comrade, and falling down wounded or dead.
Some events are reenactments of battles that occurred during the Revolutionary War, often on the very site of the historic battle. Some battles are "Tacticals" where no battle took place, so the commanders improvise a battle based on 18th Century military tactics. Adult campfollowers may be allowed to bandage the wounded and remove them from the field, retrieve dropped accoutrements, offer the men water or wet compresses, stand behind the lines assisting as the wounded are removed, act agitated and concerned.
Soldier Activities: * Marching and Drilling * Mending uniforms and accoutrements * Leatherwork * Laundry * Cleaning firearms * Guard Duty * Fetch Water * Sharpen knives
* Start a fire with flint and steel
* Make Char-cloth * Shaving, washing up * Carve a spoon * Gather kindling, chop wood * Gaming-Cards, dice, and puzzles * Brush & air clothing * Repair camp equipment * Write a letter if "literate" * Dictate a letter if "illiterate" * Tell stories
* Grumble, grumble, grumble
Experience 18th century life non-stop! Encampments include the setting up of tents and camp gear, laying out personal equipment and portraying life in an 18th century camp as authentically as possible. There is no shortage of activities at this type of event.
The 6th Pennsylvania Regiment